Joint Medical Group Secretariat
Headquarters Joint Medical Group
Defence Medical Services Whittington,
Mr Grant Thomson
Date: 10 July 2019
Dear Mr Thomson
Thank you for your enquiry of 14 June 2019 in which you asked:
“I wish to request copies of documents you hold to state if Lariam was given to those serving
in Iraq in 2003/04 (OpTelic) 1 I wish to have copies of orders placed, receipts and
confirmation of if those on the above tours were given this Anti malarial.
If possible i would like copies of any Anti malaria Drugs given to my unit Highland Band of
the Scottish division attached first with 33 field hospital and then 202 field hospital.”
Your enquiry is being treated as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). While the Ministry of Defence (MOD) holds information that falls within the scope of
your enquiry, it has been determined that the cost in identifying and providing all that held would
exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ of the FOIA.
Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information
where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for central
government is set at £600. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3.5 working
days in determining whether the department holds the information, and locating, retrieving and
The MOD may be able to provide some information within the scope of your request if you reduce
or refine it to bring the cost of compliance under the appropriate limit. Under Section 16 of the Act,
Advice and Assistance, the MOD can advise that anti-malarial policy documents for the period are
held and can be provided. In summary, this says that:
“The Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) is to issue an instruction on malaria
chemoprophylaxis for all joint or potentially joint deployments to geographic regions where
malaria presents a risk to health. PJHQ is to carry out an area-specific risk assessment, and
to determine the most appropriate antimalaria drug regimen".
The relevant PJHQ Mounting Orders say that the recommended anti-malarial drugs for Op TELIC
were Chloroquine and Paludrine.
To answer the remaining elements of your request would necessitate the identification and review
of numerous records that are not held centrally, including individual medical records of current and
former Service personnel. This would exceed the appropriate limit.
If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please contact this office in the first
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). Please
note that any request for an internal review should be made within 40 working days of the date of
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 FOIA. 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/.
Joint Medical Group