Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Ref:

"Dishaa has been developed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth
Office in partnership with Common Purpose":

http://ukinindia.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?vie...

1. Please provide the documents, in whatever format, that created the initial link between the FCO and Common Purpose, and please provide the documents that lead to the placing of the contract with Common Purpose.

2. Please provide the benefit accrued to the taxpayer consequent upon the expenditure by the FCO in promoting and supporting the Common Purpose events.

3. Please provide details of the tendering process that preceded the placing of any contract.

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FOI Request, Ref: 1270-11

Dear Mr Walker

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. It has been assigned a unique reference number (above) and has been passed to the relevant section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will be in touch with you should your request need clarification.

We received your request on 05 December 2011 and will aim to respond within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team
FCO

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Dear Mr Walker,

 

Please see the attached reply.

 

Regards,

Wai-Hang

(Mrs) Wai-Hang Ngan | Desk Officer for India and Bhutan | South Asia
Department | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | King Charles Street |
London SW1A 2AH |

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Please provide the information that explains why the normal tendering processes were bypassed. This to include but not be limited to the identification of the Minister or Senior Civil Servant that authorised financing the project.

Please provide the information that explains why the project was financed without there being any information in place to demonstrate the value to be accrued from the project.

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FOI Request, Ref: 1351-11
 
Dear Mr Walker
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. It has been assigned a
unique reference number (above) and has been passed to the relevant
section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will
be in touch with you should your request need clarification.
 
We received your request on 30 December 2011 and will aim to respond
within 20 working days.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Information Rights Team
FCO
 
 

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Dear Mr Walker,

Please see the attached letter.

Regards,
Wai-Hang
(Mrs) Wai-Hang Ngan | Desk Officer for India and Bhutan | South Asia Department | Room W.2.75 | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | King Charles Street | London SW1A 2AH |
Email: Wai[email address].uk | Tel: +44 (0)20 7008 2376 | FTN: 8008 2376 | Fax: +44 (0)20 7008 3258 | www.fco.gov.uk 
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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

You response is materially irreconcilable with the evidence that you have been given.

In my initial request of 3 December you were provided with the link to a document that stated:

"Dishaa has been developed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in partnership with Common Purpose"

The project was launched by David Cameron.

The Government has publicly stated its involvement, which carries a cost.

Also, there would have been personnel involved.

You have just written:

"No UK taxpayer’s money is involved in this project"

Your reply is astounding, and directly contradicts the government, and therefore, by implication, David Cameron personally, whose character is now publicly demeaned as an independent person could not be unduly criticised for reasonably concluding that David Cameron has told a lie.

Please arrange for a review of your decision not to provide an appropriate response.

This review should be carried out someone senior to yourself in your organisation, and have no association with the subject matter.

As a supplementary question to your response and reference to your reply of 5 February 2011, please provide evidence to demonstrate that none of the people involved with setting up the project, from initial contact with Common Purpose, and through to inauguration of the project, were themselves in any way associated with Common Purpose.

As a supplementary question to your responses, please identify the personnel who worked in partnership with Common Purpose as they developed the Dishaa, and provide copies of all associated documents, especially any communications, such as emails.

Please ensure that your reply is suitable for presentation to the Information Commissioner.

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

Becky Bbear left an annotation ()

John - Am I wrong in thinking that the initial reference you quoted from the UK High Commission India website just says the Dishaa initative is 'supported/endorsed' by the UK Gov?

Based on the authorities response it reads as though that was the only link - an endorsement of the overall idea as described. Couldn't see any reference quoting DC as actualy saying the UK Gov was providing any funding, just lending its name in support. Richard Branson 'supports' cheaper air fares, but don't necessarily fund them.

Do you have a link to any quotes by DC or the UK Gov specifically saying they will be providing funding? If not, unclear where the idea this response suggests any kind of lie/material contradiction comes from.

Not sure what the ICO would have to consider here, not liking or agreeing with a response is not by itself grounds for complaint - unless there is supporting evidence an authority had information it failed to release.

Taken by itself the UKHCI quote just don't come across as evidence of that.

Seems that making separate requests via the Cabinet Office or NAO - asking for details of any amounts paid in support of Dishaa would clarify things a bit. I suppose there must have been some underlying 'man-hour' costs involved in agreeing to endorse the project (maybe a few hundred pounds?).

Becky

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FOI Request, Ref: 0105-12

 

Dear Mr Walker

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. It has been assigned a
unique reference number (above) and has been passed to the relevant
section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will
be in touch with you should your request need clarification.

 

We received your request on 26 January 2012 and will aim to respond within
20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

FCO

 

 

 

 

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Internal Review for FOI Request Ref 1351-11

Dear Mr Walker

Thank you for your request for an Internal Review of your FOI Request Ref 1351-11. It has been passed to the relevant department within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will be in touch with you with an outcome.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team
FCO

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Dear Mr. Walker,

 

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review.

 

Best,

 

Jonathan Reed

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Dear Mr Walker,

 

Please see the attached letter.

 

Regards,

 

Wai-Hang Ngan

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

If no formal or contractual arrangement exists between Common Purpose and the FCO, what informal arrangements exist - for example, have their been any 'understandings', however tacit. Would the FCO produce copies of all communications between itself and Common Purpose ?
In any case, this response does not provide the information required to comply with the FoIA consequent upon the request of 26 January.
It is further noted that you have sent your reply precisely on the 20th working day. This is, at best, unhelpful.
The spirit of the law is that the replies and information should be sent within a reasonable time, i.e. when available, and not withheld until the lst possible day.
For your refusal to provide the information required, after review, this and all associated material shall now be made available to the ICO for dispensation.
As for the supplementary question of 26 January , your ignoring of the question, in that you have:
a) failed to confirm or deny having the information, contrary to s1, and
b) effectively refused to provide the information.
Therefore, the ICO will be required to issue a Decision Notice for the former failure.
Meanwhile, I ask that you review your decision not to provide the information required in the communication of 26 January.

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Mr Walker,

My colleague, Jonathan Reed, handled your request for a review. He replied to you on 23 February.

I am still looking into the supplementary questions you asked. I had hoped to give you a substantive response within 20 working days of receipt but, when this was not possible I issued a public interest test letter. Although I have indicated this could take a further 20 working days, I will endeavour to respond sooner if possible.

Wai-Hang Ngan

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Dear Mr Walker,

 

Letter and information are attached.

 

Regards,

Mrs Wai-Hang Ngan

 

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Thank you for providing some of the outstanding information.
I shall be looking into the refusals in more detail and will be submitting a request for a review.

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

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