Military commanders’ awareness and understanding of their legal obligations

L Mowday made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

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My reference: LSM/FOI/120909/16

Further to s1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000: Please provide copies of all training material relating to Human Rights, including but not exclusive to ‘The right to a fair trial’, ‘the right to a private life’, and ‘the right to freedom of association’, delivered to Army Commanding Officers (COs) on the Commanding Officers’ (Designate) course, which COs undertake prior to assuming command of their units. Please ask HQ Air and HQ Navy Command to provide the equivalent information, mutatis mutandis (e.g. from whatever training courses their station/ship/unit commanders receive prior to assuming command).

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If you need any clarification of this request please feel free to email me. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests.

I note that under s16 of the Act, it is the MOD's duty to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who make requests for information to it. Accordingly, if the MOD considers attempting to block release of information under s12 of the Act (exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit), please a) provide a breakdown of costs, and b) explain what information *would* be releasable within the appropriate limit according to the department's purported calculations. I would, in that situation, apply for internal review, and ultimately apply for decision by the Information Commissioner, per s50 of the Act.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.


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