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Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please provide me with an electronic copy of any guidance materials or handbooks regarding the Developed Vetting interview process, checklists of questions to ask etc. which are issued to your staff.

Yours faithfully,
S Elibank

correspondence@mod.ecase.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of Defence Business Services Secretariat, Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Elibank,

Your request has been logged under our reference FOI2019/13308 and the
target date for response is 3 January 2020.

Yours sincerely,

DBS Secretariat

Ellis, Carmel E1 (DBS RES-Sec-Spt1), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Elibank,

 

Please find attached.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

DBS Secretariat

 

Dear Ellis, Carmel E1 (DBS RES-Sec-Spt1),

I am surprised.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Elibank

Dear Ellis, Carmel E1 (DBS RES-Sec-Spt1),

Just a friendly reminder that your final response is due by this Thursday. If it doesn't arrive, or if you purport to extend time any further, I will complain to the ICO immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Elibank

correspondence@mod.ecase.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of Defence Business Services Secretariat, Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Elibank

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information (FOI)
request to United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) within Defence Business
Service (DBS).

Regards

DBS Secretariat

Dear [email address] on behalf of Defence Business Services Secretariat,

Please can you arrange an internal review into FOI2019/13308.

Your refusal notice is illogical and I do not accept that the exemption is engaged (or, alternatively, if the exemption is engaged - which is denied - then I do not accept that the public interest favours withholding the requested information).

You state that disclosure could "jeopardise the methodologies used in national security vetting assessments". However, this does not make sense. It certainly cannot cover the requested information in its entirety. The request included, for instance, "checklists of questions to ask". Such questions are, by the nature of their function, disclosed routinely to members of the public who undergo DV interviews. Such people - especially those who are refused DV - have that knowledge. If it doesn't jeopardise national security for you to reveal your lists of questions to interviewees who have failed a security assessment, the risk to national security must be low.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Elibank

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

Dear Mr Elibank,

Acknowledgement of Request for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Internal Review

We acknowledge receipt of your email of 22 January and we can confirm that an internal review will be conducted of your request, our reference FOI2019/13308.

The Department's target for completing internal reviews is 20 working days and we therefore aim to complete the review and respond to you by 19 February 2020. While we are working hard to achieve this, in the interests of providing you with a more realistic indication of when you should expect a response, we should advise that the majority are currently taking between 20 and 40 working days to complete. The internal review that will involve a full, independent reconsideration of the handling of the request as well as the final decision.

Yours sincerely,
MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

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

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    20200218 Rev Mr S Elibank Vetting information MOD final rev resp FOI2019 13308.pdf

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Dear Mr Elibank,

Please find attached MOD's final internal review, our reference FOI2019/13308.

Regards,
MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

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