77 Bde

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Ministry of Defence should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dr Emma L Briant

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please could you tell me

a) the current number of full, and part-time personnel and how many reservists are working for 77 Brigade

b) how many of the reservists mentioned also work as journalists

c) how many of the reservists work for Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube or Microsoft?

d) the current budget of 77 Brigade

Very grateful for your assistance with my request.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Emma L Briant

Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Dr Briant

 

Please see attached a letter regarding your FOI request to the MOD

 

Regards,

 

Army Secretariat

Army Headquarters | IDL 24 | Blenheim Building | Marlborough Lines |
ANDOVER | SP11 8HJ

 

 

Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Dr Briant

 

Please see attached further correspondence on your FOI request.

 

Regards,

 

Army Secretariat

Army Headquarters | IDL 24 | Blenheim Building | Marlborough Lines |
ANDOVER | SP11 8HJ

 

Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Dr Briant

 

Please find attached a letter in response to your recent Freedom of
Information request to the Ministry of Defence.

 

Regards,

 

Army Secretariat | Org

Army Headquarters | IDL 24 | Blenheim Building | Marlborough Lines |
ANDOVER | SP11 8HJ

 

Dr Emma L Briant

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request '77 Bde'.

I requested to know:
a) the current number of full, and part-time personnel and how many reservists are working for 77 Brigade

b) how many of the reservists mentioned also work as journalists

c) how many of the reservists work for Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube or Microsoft?

d) the current budget of 77 Brigade

The only part of this that has been fulfilled is D. The other items were rejected on the grounds of "Section 26(1)(b) exempts information that if disclosed would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces" - a qualified exemption which is subject to the public interest test. I would like to contest this on the grounds both of public interest and because this is information for which there is a previous precedent for openness and acknowledgement which has not prejudiced the UK armed forces. For example:
Baroness Stedman-Scott in 2018 acknowledge that 77 Brigade was comprised of approximately 200 Regular and 270 Reserve Service Personnel https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id... - there seems to be no justification for refusing to give up to date information if it was deemed perfectly ok for Baroness Stedman-Scott to give this information out in 2018.
Furthermore, in relation to my other questions about the breakdown of types of reservist, it is not a secret that 77 Brigade includes journalists, media and social media experts, it is openly acknowledged, and the MOD has commented on the fact Gordan McMillan, a Twitter exec was a reservist for example, someone who openly acknowledged their role online. I am not asking you to identify individuals, only to give a breakdown of numbers please.

Very grateful for your assistance with my request.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Emma L Briant

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/7...

Yours faithfully,

Dr Emma L Briant

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Dr Briant,

 

Receipt is acknowledged of your email of 31 July 2020 requesting an
internal review of a response provided by HQ Army Secretariat under FOIA
on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, dated 23 July 2020 (reference
above).   

 

The Department's target for completing internal reviews is 20 working days
from date of receipt and we therefore aim to complete the review and
respond to you by 1 September 2020. While we are working hard to achieve
this, in the interests of providing you with a realistic indication of
when you should expect a response, the majority are currently taking
between 20 and 40 working days to complete.  The review will involve an
independent assessment of the handling of this request and the outcome.

 

We should also advise that the measures implemented by the Department to
prevent the spread of Coronavirus may impact upon our ability to complete
the review within the above timescale but we will aim to provide you with
an update, if necessary

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team