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Dstl Porton Down
Our ref: FOI 2020/04933
Date: 14 May 2020
Dear Mr Ashby,
Thank you for your email of 26 April 2020 requesting the following information:
“Within the realms of State Security can the MOD please advise what the role of Porton Down is
current in terms of research and efforts to beat the Covid 19 pandemic.
Whatever their role I wish them well and thank them for their endeavour's”.
We are treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence, and I can confirm that
no information, in scope of your request is held.
Under Section 16 of the Act (Advice and Assistance) you may find it helpful to note, Dstl is currently
providing scientists to support the cross-Departmental Government response in those areas of activity that it
has expertise, predominantly testing of samples and operational analysis.
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