This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Chatham Carbon 14'.




 
 
 
DE&S Policy Secretariat 
 
 
 
Maple 0a, #2043 
 
 
MOD Abbey Wood 
Bristol 
BS34 8JH 
 
[email address] 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fred W P Dawson 
 
 
 
 
Our Reference:  
via: request-172609-
 
12-08-2013-101543-002 
[email address] 
 
 
Date: 9 September 2013 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Mr Dawson, 
 
Further to my letter of 16 August, I am writing to provide you with an update on your 
request, in which you ask for additional information about the presence of Carbon 14 at the 
Chatham Docks site. 
 
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Environmental Information 
Regulations (EIR) 2004.  I can confirm that the Ministry of Defence does hold information 
within the scope of your request. The time limit for this request, however, needs to be 
extended from the initial 20 working days. Under the EIR, a public authority may extend 
this period if it reasonably believes that the complexity and volume of the information 
requested means that it is impracticable either to comply with the request within the earlier 
period or to make a decision to refuse to do so. In this case, I am writing to inform you, that 
we must extend the time limit for responding by a further 20 working days.  I will write to 
you again no later than 7 October with a substantive response. 
 
If you are not satisfied with this response or wish to complain about any aspect of the 
handling of your request, then you should contact me in the first instance. If informal 
resolution is not possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may apply for an 
independent internal review by contacting the Deputy Chief Information Officer, 2nd Floor, 
MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail [email address]). Please note that 
any request for an internal review must be made within 40 working days of the date on 
which the attempt to reach informal resolution has come to an end.  
 
If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your complaint to the 
Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of 
Information Act. Please note that the Information Commissioner will not investigate your 
case until the MOD internal review process has been completed. Further details of the role 
and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner's 
website, http://www.ico.gov.uk. 
 
Regards, 
 
DE&S Policy Secretariat