Yearly cost of protecting ex-PM Tony Blair

Ranjan Kumaran made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

How much did you spend protecting Tony Blair in the years 2014 & 2015?

Please any financial statements in which this is accounted for.

Yours faithfully,

Ranjan Kumaran

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Ranjan Kumaran,

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Dear Mr Kumaran

 

Thank you for your email. Please note our response.

Yours Sincerely

 

 

FOI Team

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Ranjan Kumaran

Dear Home Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Yearly cost of protecting ex-PM Tony Blair'.

During a time of extreme cuts it is plain to every decent minded citizen of this country that taxpayer expenditure of tens of millions of pounds per parliament on the protection of a globetrotting multimillionaire philanthropist should require no less public scrutiny than that of any other public expenditure.

Nobody in this country for one second believes that the cost of protecting Mr Blair is either free or met by Mr Blair himself.

The Royal Family are a far more valuable national asset than Mr Blair yet they are completely transparent about the taxes they pay and they expenses they incur:

http://bmsf.org.uk/red-pennies-the-queen...

Whereas Mr Blair's accounts are highly opaque:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics...

If he wishes to receive state funded protection the very minimum the taxpayer ought to expect is for there to be some degree of transparency regarding the cost and the contribution, if any, made by Mr Blair himself.

This is something which ought to be subjected to just as much scrutiny and public debate as every other aspect of public expenditure.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/y...

Yours faithfully,

Ranjan Kumaran

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Dear Mr Kumaran,

 

Please find attached a reply to your request for an internal review into
our handling of FoI request 39301.

 

Regards

 

B Dorrington

Information Rights Team

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance and Risk Directorate

Home Office | 2 Marsham Street | London SW1P 4DF

 

 

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