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Two new Freedom of Information Act requests (20 July 2016) on the costs of Operation Grange (each one sent to both the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police)




 Tony Bennett Yesterday at 23:58

FIRST ONE

The following Freedom of Information Act requests are made to both the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police as it is hard to know where responsibility and accountability for this matter lies.

I ask these questions about the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Grange which, according to the remit set for it by former Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, is ‘to investigate the abduction of Madeleine McCann as if the abduction had occurred in the U.K.’    

The original allocation of funds for Operation Grange was widely reported to be £2.5 million, to be paid for out of ‘a special Home Office fund’.

Please state:

1. The date the original allocation of funds was made, and whether the amount was £2.5 million or, if not, what was the amount?

2. For each subsequent extension of funds, please state:

(a) The date on which application was made for further funding
(b) How much on each occasion the Met Police applied for
(c) The date on which the Home Secretary approved additional funds, and
(d) In each case, what further funding was granted, and for what future period of time.

3. What code has been applied to all expenditures on Operation Grange, or, alternatively, where can one find expenditure on Operation Grange in the annual audited Home Office accounts?             



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SECOND ONE

The following Freedom of Information Act requests are made to both the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police as it is hard to know where responsibility and accountability for this matter lies.

I ask these questions about the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Grange which, according to the remit set for it by former Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, is ‘to investigate the abduction of Madeleine McCann as if the abduction had occurred in the U.K.’   

In 2013 and 2014 there were many references in the British press to expenditure by the Portuguese Police having to be met by the British government.

These expenses are known to include:

1. The cost of hiring an Alouette Mark III top-of-the-range Portuguese military helicopter

2. The provision of extensive physical support, assistance, supervision and other assistance in connection with two searches of patches of waste ground in Praia da Luz in 2014, and

3. Extensive assistance by way of Portuguese police conducting a series of ‘rogatory interviews’ of a significant number of alleged suspects

4. Translation services in connection with (a) the 2014 search of Praia da Luz (b) the rogatory interviews of suspects and (c) any other occasions.

Please provide the following information:

A. The dates that the Portuguese Police, Ministry of Justice or any other agency of the Portuguese government requested financial assistance or otherwise submitted any invoice or other demand for payment

B. In each case, how much was demanded?

C. List all payments made in connection with Operation Grange to the Portuguese authorities and give the dates they were made.                   


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