Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Mr Robert Burley
28 June 2019
Ref. FOI 2019/06418
Dear Mr Burley
Thank you for your email of 2 June 2019 requesting the following information: “1. Please provide the number of Officers on the establishment of all units based at Whittington
Please provide the numbers in the following brackets
OF1-2, OF3,OF4-5 and OF6 or higher.
2. Please provide the number of Officer Service Family Accommodation Quarters for this group.
Please provide the numbers by type.
3. Please provide the number of Officers of this group currently placed in Substitute Service
4. Please provide any information regarding the present or future construction of Officer Service
Family Accommodation to serve Whittington Barracks.”
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (FOIA).
A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and I
can confirm that information in scope of your request is held. The information you have requested
can be found below but some of the information falls entirely within the scope of the absolute
exemption provided for at section 40 FOIA (Personal Data) and has been withheld.
Where the quantity is less than 10, section 40(2) has been applied in order to protect personal
information as governed by the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.
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.
1. Please provide the number of Officers on the establishment of all units based at
Whittington Barracks, Staffordshire.
2. Please provide the number of Officer Service Family Accommodation Quarters for
this group. Please provide the numbers by type.
Less than 10
Less than 10
3. Please provide the number of Officers of this group currently placed in Substitute
Service Family Accommodation.
There are less than 10 officers residing in Substitute Service Family Accommodation at
4. Please provide any information regarding the present or future construction of
Officer Service Family Accommodation to serve Whittington Barracks.
There are no plans to construct additional Service Family Accommodation (SFA) at
Whittington Barracks at this time.
Under Section 16 of the Act (Advice and Assistance) you may find it helpful to note that the figures
in response to question 1 are based on Service personnel’s stationed location and not their
location of residence. The figures in response to question 2 show the SFA directly serving
Whittington Barracks and do not include SFA captured by the 10 mile radius rule.
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