Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
I write re Operation Grange.
It was reported in newspapers in Britain and in Portugal at the beginning of May 2014 that the cost charged by the Portuguese authorities for hiring a Portuguese Alouette Mark III helicopter in connection with the ongoing search for Madeleine McCann was being met by the Metropolitan Police.
It has again been reported in newspapers in Britain and in Portugal at the end of May 2014 that the cost of what has been described as a series of 'digs' (said to include ground-penetrating radar and excavations) at up to 5 sites around Praia da Luz will also be, in part at least, the subject of charges rendered by the Portuguese Police and, again, will be paid for by the Metropoltan Police.
Having regard to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, apparently by two police forces - but also having regard to the fact that the fact that the Portuguese authorites are rendering bills to the Metropolitan Police and that this has been confirmed on the record by the Portuguese authoritess and made public in many newspapers in both countries - I confine my FOI Act questions merely to establishing the available data relating to these costs:
1. In relation to each separate item of expenditure (a) the helicopter searches and (b) the digs:
A. On what date was each formal request for assistance made to the Portuguese authorities?
B. On what date did the Portuguese agree each set of searches?
C. On what date (in each case) did the Portuguese authorties notify you of their proposed charges for these searches?
D. How much was the bill in each case?
E. Has either of the bills been paid yet, if so when?
2. Were International Letters Rogatory sent in resepct of either request?
A. If so, on what date was each ILOR sent?
B. On what date was each request granted by the Portuguese authorites?
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