IDL 24 Blenheim Building
Hampshire, SP11 8HJ
07 July 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 [the Westminster
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 operating system.
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 (FOIA) 2000.
On 13th May 2020 I wrote to you to advise that the MOD holds information related to your request,
but that we considered that some of the information may fall within the scope of the following
qualified exemption: s.26 Defence. As such it was 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. These considerations are now complete, and I can advise that the balance of
public interest was found in favour of withholding some of the information in scope of your request.
This is because our operational capability may be jeopardised if it were placed in the public
domain. Information relating to resilience built into the system and operating system that the
application is hosted on is therefore being withheld.
In response to first part of your request, please note that the Westminster application is an Army
application that is managed by HQ Regional Command, Cadets Branch and Army Digital (formally
IAS). The Marine Society and Sea Cadets are also a stakeholder in the project and work closely
with Cadets Branch in HQ Regional Command. The system was designed by the Sea Cadets and
Army Cadets in 2005 as part of union project between the Cadet Forces.
In response to the second part of your request, the Westminster is accessible via a web-browser
as this is an internet facing application.
Under s.16 (Advice and Assistance), you should note that although we are unable to release detail,
the IT system has appropriate security processes in place to protect the information it contains.
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-
. 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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