Biological Munition testing at the Burry Estuary, near Penclawdd on the North Gower Coast

Mike Kenner made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

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Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the freedom of information act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

Speculation has arisen that during WW2, Chemical and Biological munitions were tested at the Burry Estuary, near Penclawdd on the North Gower Coast. It is thought that this testing included the firing of non-explosive artillery munitions which contained Biological Agents, such a Bacillus anthracis. The purpose of the tests is said to have been to investigate the viability of the bacterial agents in artillery shells after being fired, and to discover whether the BW agents leaked from the artillery munitions when in flight. In order to discover the validity of these claims, I wish to make the following Freedom of Information requests.

On what dates were munitions containing bacterial agents tested at the Burry Estuary, near Penclawdd on the North Gower Coast?

How many artillery munitions containing bacterial agents were tested at the Burry Estuary, near Penclawdd on the North Gower Coast?

Which types of artillery munitions, containing chemical or biological agents, were tested at the Burry Estuary, near Penclawdd on the North Gower Coast?

Which bacterial agents were used during these tests?

Which chemical agents were used during these tests?

How was the area decontaminated after each test?

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Kenner

Dear Sir or Madam,
Last week I contacted the MOD FOIA help-desk to inquire why I had not received a response to my FOIA request concerning biological munitions testing at the Burry Estuary.

After conducting a search of the database, the FOIA help-desk informed me that a response had been made, but for some unknown reason it was not sent outside of the MOD system. The FOIA help-desk assured me that they would contact the originators of the email and request that they sent the reply to the correct destination (whatdotheyknow.com).

After 5 working days had passed I again contacted the MOD FOIA help-desk and explained the situation. I was promised that the issue would be looked into and dealt with.

As previous verbal promises have come to nothing, I would be grateful if you would explain, in writing, the reason for the delay in response to my FOIA request.

Regards

Mike Kenner