Dear Ministry of Defence,
Please provide any and all data and figures used to define costs and loss of range hours due to vandalism in a letter to Councillor Manning of Ash Parish Council from Jeremy Quin MP.
I would expect to see line items for each cost and date of each as well as the definition of the lost hours.
Letter Reference MSU/4/6/2/1/is, dated 4th May 2021.
Your request has been logged under our reference 2021/04835 and the target
date for response is 04/06/2021.
Please see the following attachments in response to your below FOI request.
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 the Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'Any and All data used to calculate figures for Ash Ranges closure'.
Please provide the source of this information, as it is different to what other MOD agents has deemed the authoritative source. Other FOI requests to the MOD have been sent to DIO for action, as it has previously been stated that you were not in a position to provide the detail. This does not show a transparent nature or hold the MOD accountable for these figures
On reviewing this FOI and other similar FOI around costs of repairs due to vandalism, it is apparent that the public accountability test has not been met. This information has repeatedly been asked for and is now available. It is unclear where this money has been spent and whether the current restriction in access would have had a positive impact as posited by Mr Quin and others. Without accurate figures of the cost of vandalism on the now-closed areas, the public will still question the closure and the continued un-transparent nature of the MOD and its officers.
Further, specific items or events are not part of a tender and hence not subject to commercial sensitivity as per http://informationrights.decisions.tribu... The likelihood of similar events occurring and impact any commercial interests is very slim. If it assists, we could restrict our access only to those incidents that are part of the now-closed area, as this will limit the amount of information returned.
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...
Dear Mr Cookson,
We acknowledge receipt of your email, which asked for an internal review
of the handling of your request under the FOI Act, our reference
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 29 June 2021. 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 COVID-19 may continue to impact upon our ability to
complete the review within the above timescale but we will aim to provide
you with an update, if necessary.
MOD Information Rights Compliance Team
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