IDL 24 Blenheim Building
Hampshire, SP11 8HJ
Mr Andreas Tifas
E-mail address: request-540944-
10 January 2019
Dear Mr Tifas
Thank you for your email of 28 December in which you asked for the following information: No FV2361
Vehicle No. 24-GB-34
Cont No. WV11134
Chassis No. 477
Code No. 2855-0790
I request any information and history of this Sankey trailer.
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information
A search across the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has now been completed, and I can confirm that
the department holds information relevant to your request.
However, section 21(1) of the FOI Act states that information is exempt if it is reasonably
accessible to the applicant by other means. The department has undertaken a routine review of the
MERLIN archive and the final version of this has since been released as part of a previous FOI
request, which can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foi-responses-published-by-mod-week-commencing-
Section 16(1) of the FOI Act requires public authorities to provide advice and assistance to
requesters, so far as it is reasonable to do so. The database in the above link is split into seven
spreadsheets. The first has a list of vehicles, while sheets two through seven have the service
histories. To search for a vehicle this can be done by pressing Ctrl + F, then typing the vehicle
registration number, and then enter.
Furthermore, you may wish to note that when the MERLIN database was archived into its current
format some data may have been lost or corrupted. You should, therefore, be cautious that some
of the data may be inaccurate.
If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please contact this office in the first
instance. 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-
email@example.com). 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 review process has been completed. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Further details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be
found on the Commissioner's website at https://ico.org.uk/.