Existence of 'D' notices relating to the Hydraulic Fracturing industry, in particular Cuadrilla's activities.

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peter k. roberts

Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,

Please could you tell me whether your organisation has issued any 'D' Notices concerning the activities of the Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing industry in the United Kingdom?

If so could you please advise me of the details of all such 'D' Notices especially the reasoning and justification behind their issuance?

Yours faithfully,

peter k. roberts.

Geoffrey Dodds, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Mr Roberts,

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information on whether my organisation has issued any 'D' Notices concerning the activities of the Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing industry in the United Kingdom. You further requested that if this were the case, could I please tell you about the details of all such 'D' Notices especially the reasoning and justification behind their issuance.

First, I can confirm no Defence and Security Media Advisory (DSMA) Notice (formerly 'D' notice) has been issued in connection with the activities of the Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing industry in the United Kingdom or indeed anywhere else. Coverage of the Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing industry in the United Kingdom (or anywhere else) is outside the remit of the DSMA Notice System.

The aim of the DSMA Notice System is to prevent inadvertent public disclosure of information that would compromise UK military, counter-terrorist and intelligence operations, methods, or capabilities; put at risk the safety of those involved in such operations; or lead to attacks that would damage the critical national infrastructure and/or endanger lives. The system is voluntary, it has no legal authority and the final responsibility for deciding whether or not to publish or broadcast rests solely with the editor or publisher concerned.

DSMA Notices are issued by the DSMA Committee. This is an independent, advisory body composed of senior civil servants representing government departments concerned with national security and media representatives, including editors of national and regional newspapers, periodicals, news agencies, broadcasters, digital news, and book publishers. The DSMA Committee is supported by a Secretariat of civil servants funded by the Ministry of Defence.

The five standing DSMA Notices are listed at www.dsma.uk. The DSMA Committee Secretariat offers advice to editors and journalists on specific matters, often following their requests for advice; and if necessary, may occasionally issue specific DSMA Notice advice in a letter to editors.

Although as a non-public body the DSMA Committee is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, it is committed to practising a policy of maximum disclosure consistent with its aim of preventing the inadvertent public disclosure of information that would compromise UK national security; and that the subsequent advice is sought and given in confidence. Please see www.dsma.uk for more information on the DSMA-Notice System.

I hope this helps. Please do come back to me should you have any further questions,

Kind Regards,

Geoffrey Dodds

Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds | Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | mobile 0754 016 3698 | [DSMA request email] | www.dsma.uk

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peter k. roberts

Dear Geoffrey Dodds,

So many thanks for this information and your explanations.

Very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.