Defence Select Committee

[name removed April 2013] made this Freedom of Information request to House of Commons

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[name removed April 2013]

Dear House of Commons,

The Defence Committee short inquiry into the work of the Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces Published here:-

Contains some written evidence submitted by
Ministry of Defence
British Armed Forces Federation (BAFF)
RAF Families Federation

Subject to the freedom of information act 2000 can I please request:-

1) A Copy of the full original submitted evidence from all of the above
to the Defence Select committee.

2) A copy of any other evidence submitted to the Defence Select Committee not published.

Yours faithfully,

[first name of requester removed] [last name of requester removed]

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr [last name of requester removed]

Thank you for your request for information dated 28th November 2012, received by us on the same date.

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case within 20 working days i.e. on or before 28th December 2012.

If you have any queries about your request, please use the request number quoted in the subject line of this email.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Price
IRIS Support Officer

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr [last name of requester removed],

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below.

The duty to confirm or deny, under section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, whether the House of Commons holds the information does not apply to your request as far as “any other evidence submitted to the Defence Select Committee not published” is concerned. This exemption is necessary under section 34 of the FOI Act. The exemption applies (1) because the information requested relates to unreported evidence received by the Defence Committee, in carrying out its functions under the House of Commons Standing Orders, which accordingly form part of the proceedings of the Committee, and (2) in order to avoid infringing the privileges of the House of Commons, which include the right of committees to decide whether, how and when to publish their unreported proceedings. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request, ask the House of Commons to conduct an internal review of this decision. Requests for internal review should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer, Department of HR and Change, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA or [House of Commons request email]. Please ensure that you specify the nature of your complaint and any arguments or points that you wish to make. If the decision to apply Section 34 of the 2000 Act in respect of your request is upheld by review, a certificate signed by the Speaker may be issued. This certificate would provide conclusive evidence that the exemption was required for the purpose described.

Yours sincerely

Katarina Ndrepepaj | Freedom of Information Coordinator
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service
House of Commons

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[name removed April 2013]


Thank you very much for your reply. I will not apply for an internal review, as it is not my intension to undermine any enquiries being undertaken by the Defence Select Commitee.

My intension is to prove misconduct by the MoD and highlight how the MoD cover up misconduct rather than do the right thing.

Yours sincerely,

[first name of requester removed] [last name of requester removed]