Death of Dr. David Kelly - were tests carried out for suxamethonium and VX (and similar agents)?

The request was refused by Thames Valley Police.

Dear Thames Valley Police,

This Freedom of Information Request relates to the toxicology testing of blood and body fluids from Dr. David Kelly whose body was found at Harrowdown Hill, Oxfordshire on 18th July 2003.

I am familiar with the reports by Dr. Alexander Allan which were released by the Attorney General's Office in 2011.

The questions in this Request relate to aspects of the toxicology testing that, so far as I can identify, were not carried out.

1. What tests, if any, did Thames Valley Police carry out to detect suxamethonium in the blood taken from Dr. David Kelly's body? If the answer is that no such tests were carried out please state that clearly.

2. Were tests carried out to measure red cell cholinesterase with a view to indirectly testing for VX and similar compounds? If the answer is that no such indirect tests for VX etc were carried out please state that clearly.

3. Were tests carried out for any metabolites of VX, such as ethyl methylphosphonic acid? If the answer is that no such tests were carried out please state that clearly.

The preceding questions relate to means by which a third party might have incapacitated Dr. Kelly. If tests to detect such third party intervention have not been carried out, the possibility of a third party incapacitating Dr. Kelly remains.

In that event, I suggest that Lord Hutton's conclusion of "suicide" is rendered unsafe.

I believe this is a logical, proportionate and serious question relating to potential failings in Thames Valley Police's investigation of the death of Dr. Kelly.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Watt

Dear Mr Watt,

Reference no RFI2013000455

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 27 May requesting information on death of Dr David Kelly were tests carried out for suxamethonium and VX

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a further response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Thames Valley Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Thames Valley Police.


Yours sincerely

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Dear Dr Watt

  

I write in connection with the above-referenced Freedom of Information requests, dated 27 May 2013.  Your requests have now been considered as attached and are in reference to the death of Dr David Kelly. 

 

The requests are being refused under Section 12(1) of the FOIA.  Section
12 of the FOIA does not oblige a public authority to comply with Section
1(1) of the Act, if the authority estimates that the cost of complying
would exceed the appropriate limit.  Some of the information you have
requested is not held in an easily retrievable format, and to identify
whether it is held, locate and retrieve the detailed and specific
information requested, would involve complex searches of large individual
manual files.  This would therefore exceed the appropriate cost limit.

In considering whether the appropriate costs limit would be exceeded, we
have also taken into account the following.  Including your requests, we
have received a total of 11 separate pieces of correspondence, from four
individuals, containing at least 72 separate requests, within a 14 day
period.  These requests relate to the same or similar information and in
all the circumstances appear to us to have been made by persons acting in
concert or in pursuance of a campaign.  We have therefore applied Section
12(4)(b) and aggregated these requests together for the purposes of
considering the likely costs.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, this letter represents
a Refusal Notice for this request.

Section 16 – Further Advice and Assistance

In accordance with our duty under section 16 of the Act, we have
considered what advice and assistance we can reasonably provide in respect
of your requests.  In all the circumstances we do not think there is any
advice and assistance we can reasonably provide which would enable you to
refine your request, so as to bring it within the costs limit.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jonathan Hands | Public Access Manager

Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police

Telephone +44(0)1865 846 033 | Internal | 700-6033

Address Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington,
Oxfordshire, OX5 2NX

 

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