Evaluation of foreign policy impact on terrorist threat

The request was successful.

Laurence Rowe

Dear Sir or Madam,

The Independent reports [1] a Home Office spokesman as insisting that "the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan had no bearing on the level of the security threat in the UK or in the rest of Europe."

What is the basis for this claim? What evaluations have been carried out into the impact of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan on the terrorist threat to the UK?

Yours faithfully,

Laurence Rowe

[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cri...

Dear Sir or Madam,

I write to note that 20 working days have now passed since I wrote regarding the Government's assessment of the impact of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan on the terrorist threat to the UK. I accordance with the guidelines at foi.gov.uk/yourRights, I would be grateful if you could inform me as to when you will be able to answer my request and why more time is required.

Yours sincerely,

Laurence Rowe

Laurence Rowe

Dear J Fanshaw,

Thank your for replying to my email. I will resubmit the request in part to the Foreign Office. However, I would still like to find out from the Home Office what documents your spokesman relied on in his statement to the Independent [1], that "the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan had no bearing on the level of the security threat in the UK or in the rest of Europe," refuting the view of Europol, that the "conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have a large impact on the security environment of the EU." [2]

Please can you supply copies of any such documents, or references to them if they are held by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and you are unable to supply them directly.

Yours faithfully,

Laurence Rowe

[1] "Britain is focal point for terrorism, warns Europe's police force", 18 May 2008, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cri...

[2] "EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report TE-SAT 2008", http://www.europol.europa.eu/publication...

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Direct Communications Unit
2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
Switchboard 020 7035 4848 Fax: 020 7035 4745 Textphone: 020 7035 4742
E-mail: [email address] Website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

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Mr Laurence Rowe
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Reference: T14357/8

Dear Mr Rowe,

Thank you for your e-mail of 24 June 2008 following up on your earlier request of 18th May 2008. Unfortunately we do not appear to have received the original request as no record can be found of it on our information systems.

Should you wish to resubmit your original request, you may wish to direct this to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the information you wish to acquire is held there rather than by the Home Office. Their contact details are as follows:

Information Rights Team
Information Management Group
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Old Admiralty Building
London
SW1A 2PA
Tel: + 44 (020) 7008 0123
Email: [email address]

Yours sincerely

J Fanshawe

Brain Christopher, Home Office

Dear Mr Lawrence

Thank you for your e-mail dated 7 July 2008 in which you ask what
documents the Home Office spokesman relied on in his

statement to the Independent newspaper that "the conflicts in Iraq and
Afghanistan had no bearing on the level of the security threat in the UK
or in the rest of Europe.

I regret that we are unable to send you a full response to your request
within 20 working days, as required by the Freedom of Information Act.  I
would like to apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience that this
may cause.  I would like to assure you that we are dealing with your
request as a matter of urgency, and that we will send you a full reply as
soon as possible. 

If you have any queries about the handling of your information request in
the meantime then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Brain
Home Office

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

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Reference : T15363/8

Thank you for your e-mail enquiry of 07/07/2008 1:06:33 PM

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Dear Sir or Madam,

It appears that you have sent me the template rather than the response, perhaps you need to save the document before sending it.

Yours sincerely,

Laurence Rowe

Text of your attached document:

[email address]

Mr Lawrence Rowe

Reference: T15363/8

Dear Mr Rowe,

Thank you for your e-mail of 07/07/2008 1:06:33 PM about
Name

Dear Sir or Madam,

Following my email on 7th July 2008 you appear to have suffered from some technical difficulties, as the response reference T15363/8 on 9th September contained no information. A further 20 days have now elapsed since my last email on 9th September pointing this out, so I would be grateful if you would look into this as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely,

Laurence Rowe

Home Office

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Reference : T21930/8

Thank you for your e-mail enquiry of 07/10/2008 4:36:52 PM

A reply is attached.

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