Dear Ministry of Defence,

This a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

1. Please identify the edition number and date of the current edition of JSP 900.

2. Please provide a copy of the current edition of JSP 900.

3. If only the current edition can be considered for release within burden limits, please confine the request to that edition. If it is not overly burdensome, please also provide any other editions of JSP 900 held (disregarding JSP 900 edition 2, September 2015) with priority to later editions. For instance if edition 4 is the current version, please provide it and only then if not too much of a burden please provide a copy of edition 3, and only then edition 1.

4. In considering the above request please take into account the ICO Decision Notice FS50882580 dated 26 February 2020, which discusses the Commissioner's view on the public interest arguments for release of these documents.

Yours faithfully,

Ceri Gibbons

Dear Ministry of Defence,

The MOD should normally have responded promptly and by 9 April 2021.

Please respond by 6 May 2021 or I will be forced to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office.

Yours faithfully,

Ceri Gibbons

Dear Ministry of Defence,

MOD has ignored this request.

Please respond in 7 days or I will be forced to complain to the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

Ceri Gibbons

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Referred to ICO (02/08/2021)

CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Ceri Gibbons,

 

Please see attached response to your request for information on behalf of
the National Security Directorate.

 

Regards

 

Information Rights Team

Ministry of Defence

 

 

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'JSP 900 Current Edition'.

I have carefully considered the MOD suggestion that I wait several months before requesting this information again due to the burden this places on the MOD. There are a number of reasons why this is unacceptable.

1. I would like to ask you to reassess my request in light of the fact that the information I have requested would have a serious purpose and value (as per the ICO guidance at https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...). I assure you that my request was not intended to be vexatious.

2. The MOD has statutory obligations to respond promptly to FOIA requests and has not done so in this case until after I had sent a complaint to the ICO. If MOD resources allocated to FOIA obligations are so limited that this prevents the MOD from carrying out these obligations then this is not a justification for the failure to respond to FOIA requests. Instead more resources need to be allocated in order that the MOD has the capacity to meet its FOIA obligations.

3. This request concerns grave issues of public concern over the clarity of UK targeting policy, both in UK national operations and in partnership with allied military forces. The changes being made to this policy between editions are of clear interest to the public as it is in these changes that the direction of policy can be indentified and challenged. The public have the right to know what the policy is and how it has changed from previous editions of JSP900 in order to enagage in the open democratic process of policy formation as well as to provide scrutiny of UK targeting policy with regard to its accordance with domestic and international legal obligations. Secret government policy on military targeting has no place in an open democratic society, or in an international rules based system of international relations.

3. In all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in disclosure of the information outweighs its continued secrecy.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/j...

Yours faithfully,

Ceri Gibbons

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

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Dear Mr Gibbons,

 

Please find attached a response to your request for internal review.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team