FCO involvement with the Quilliam Foundation and the Projecting British Islam/Muslims programme

Graeme Breen made this Freedom of Information request to Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. My queries are listed below in descending priority order in the event that the cost limit is reached. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining each query as specifically as possible.

I would like to request the following information:

1) Details of correspondence between the Quilliam Foundation and the FCO in the year 2009. The details should include copies of the correspondence or the information contained therein. Please also indicate whether minutes or official accounts of the meetings were made, and if so, please release these. This request refers to the period between January 2009 and the present. However, if this is likely to be refused in part for cost reasons I have listed a priority list of time periods. I request that you work down this list until you reach the limit:

Jan-Mar 2009
Apr-Jun 2009
July-Sept 2009
Oct-Dec 2009

2) Details of the Quilliam Foundation’s previous and/or ongoing involvement in the Projecting British Islam/Muslims programme, and the FCO funding involved.

3) Details of FCO funding of the Projecting British Islam/Muslims programme: Details should include the total funding; a list of fundees, together with funding totals and the purpose of the funding; a list of visits associated with the programme including details of dates, locations, persons involved from the FCO and from external organisations; internal reports on the visits including from overseas posts and news reports such as those created/issued by British Satellite News and other FCO publicity ventures.

4) A detailed break-down of the funding that the FCO attributed to the Quilliam Foundation's Pakistan Project in the year 2009, and, its Syria Project in the year 2009.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive fees.

Please supply the information in digital format if possible.

Please provide an acknowledgement email upon receipt of this request.

Regards,
Graeme Breen

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Mr Breen

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. It 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 10 March 2010 and will aim to respond within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Katy Shaw
Information Management Group
Information Rights Team

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Dear Mr Breen,

Please find attached letter regarding your Freedom of Information request.

Kind regards

Lizze

Lizzie Lovett
Counter Terrorism Dept
Foreign & Commnwealth Office
King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH

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The FCO expect to be able to respond by May 10th as they need more time to consider the public interest as is allowed by the FOI Act.

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Please find our response to your recent FOI request.

Kind regards

Lizzie

Lizzie Lovett
Muslim Outreach & Programme Officer
PREVENT
Counter Terrorism Dept
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH

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Dear Mr Breen,

I write in regard to your recent Freedom of Information request and our
response of 10 May (ref: 0238-10). You asked for: "A detailed breakdown
of the funding that the FCO attributed to the Quilliam Foundation*s
Pakistan Project in the year 2009".

Unfortunately the answer provided under point 4 was recorded incorrectly.
Point 4 of the letter should therefore read:

"The FCO has provided £428,105 in funding to The Quilliam Foundation from
April 2009 to April 2010 for a project in Pakistan aimed at directly
challenging and undermining the arguments used by violent extremists to
recruit vulnerable people overseas."

I apologise for this mistake.

Mark Wadley
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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