Ministry of Defence
Mr A Robertson
Reply to: email@example.com
17 May 2019
Dear Mr Robertson,
Thank you for your email of 4 April 2019 requesting the following information:
“1. Why would it cost over £600 just to give me a date? It must be listed somewhere,
where the MoD deserted their Gulf War veterans. Surely this '£600 cop out' can not be
used for every FOI request?
2. Please give details of the department who are now carrying out the monitoring of
Gulf War research, including the methodology they use in selecting studies, how they
disseminate the findings of these studies and how they can be contacted (as I know
for example the Italian study into Vaccinations was unheard of at the MoD and that
was many months after it had been published). So surely if the MoD missed that,
there must be many others missed.
3. Please list (this should not cost £600 to find out, as the MoD are currently
monitoring this) what studies have been looked at by the MoD (since they have been
monitoring studies) and what were the MoD's findings and recommendations?”
The first part of your correspondence is being treated as an internal resolution, and you
will receive a separate response . We are treating the remaining parts as listed above as
a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act).
I apologise for the time taken to respond to your request.
I can inform you that information relating to points two and three raised in your FOI
request is already available to you. The FOI request is therefore exempt under Section 21
of the FOI Act (information accessible by other means).
The issues raised at points two and three were addressed by the Minister of State for
Defence in Parliament on 12 February 2019. The answer is available at this link:
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