IDL 24 Blenheim Building
Hampshire, SP11 8HJ
Mr Paul Ashby
13 May 2020
Dear Mr Ashby,
Thank you for your email of 27 April in which you requested the following information:
“Please advise who is responsible for the operation of the above system, also please state who
designed and specified the system.
What resilience is built into the system and whether it is able to be used on a computer running any
Also please advise what operating system this application is hosted on.”
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. This letter is to inform you that the MOD holds information related to your request, but that
we consider that some of the information may fall within the scope of the following qualified
exemption: Section 26 (Defence). Information that falls under the scope of this exemption would, or
would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces. As such
it may be necessary for us to decide whether, in the circumstances of this case, the public interest
in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.
The Freedom of Information Act requires us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no
later than 20 working days after receiving your request. However, when a qualified exemption applies
to the information and the public interest test has to be conducted, the Act allows the time for
response to be longer than 20 working days. A full response must be provided within such time as
is reasonable in all circumstances of the case and, in relation to your request, we estimate that it will
take an additional 20 working days to take a final decision on where the balance of public interest
lies. We plan to let you have a response by 10th June 2020.
If it appears that it will take longer than this to reach a conclusion we will let you know.
If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please contact this office in the first
instance. Following this, 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-
firstname.lastname@example.org). 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/.
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