Joint Force Development Secretariat
Defence Academy of the UK
Swindon SN6 8LA
3 September 2019
Dear Mr Delahunty,
Thank you for your email of 26 July 2019 in which you request the following information:
“Dear Royal College of Defence Studies, can you provide the number of Bangladeshi Armed
Forces personnel that have been trained at the college for every year of the last ten years? Can
you provide the total cost to the academy for their training each year also?”
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). I am writing to confirm that the MOD holds information on the subject you have requested.
Please note that the figures have been provided by RCDS, which does not constitute official statistics
produced by Defence Statistics.
~ used as a substitute for figures less than 5.
In order to protect personal information governed by the Data Protection Act 2018, Section 40(2)
‘Personal Information’ of the FOIA has been applied to parts of it (see ~). The reason for this is because
there are a low number of records within scope of your request and releasing this information could
potentially enable identification of individuals, either now or in the future, when it might be combined
with other information. Section 40 is an absolute exemption and there is therefore no requirement to
consider the public interest in making a decision to withhold the information.
With regards to cost, I can confirm that there is no cost to RCDS for their training. All international
places at RCDS are either funded by the countries themselves or by the UK Ministry of Defence.
If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please contact this office in the first instance.
Following this, if you wish to complain about the handling of your request, or the content of this
response, you can request an independent internal review by contacting the Information Rights
Compliance team, Ground Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail CIO-FOI-
. Please note that any request for an internal review should be made within 40 working
days of the date of this response.
If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may raise your complaint directly to the
Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act. Please
note that the Information Commissioner will not normally investigate your case until the MOD internal
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Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Further details of
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