Dear Ministry of Defence,

Under the freedom of information act, I am requesting any digital copies that the MOD holds on the parachute regiment from its inception to the end of world war two, I am collecting reports, accounts ect. for a school research project.

In particular, any files regarding: major campaigns and battles they were involved in (such as official reports and briefings), and the politics behind the regiment would be of much interest and usefulness to me.

Yours faithfully,
Reuben Bond

Dear Ministry of Defence,

It has been 20 days since my request and I should’ve received a response by today, December 4th. Please could you acknowledge that you have received my initial request.

Yours faithfully,

Reuben Bond

CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Bond,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

I can confirm that your request was received on 6th November, logged under
reference FOI2018/13907 and has a statutory 20 working day target date of
5^th December 2018.

 

Kind Regards

 

Information Rights Team

Ministry of Defence

 

 

 

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Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Bond,

Please find attached a response to your below Freedom of Information request.

Kind regards,
Army Secretariat

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Dear Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER),

Thank you very much for your reply, in particular the link to the National army museum has proved very useful. However, you state that my request is exempt from the FOI act because it is reasonably accessible from other sources namely the national archives. I would agrue that these records are not reasonably accessible for a school boy, with my GCSEs upcoming it is out of the question for me to visit them in Kew. It is possible to order these records from them, however to do so requires a page check, this carries a few of £8.40 PER RECORD. As I require several records, this fee would amount to too much for me, for example; the national archives hold 17 reccords on operation biting. If I was to request just over half of these, 10 records, it would cost me £84, before the cost of copying. I argue that this fee means that these records are not reasonably accessable to me, if the cost of researching a single operation amounts to £84. That is a lot of money for one operation, and as I cannot preview the information contained, I might be paying for records that are of no use to me.

I apologise for any inconveniences caused, however I believe I have a valid argument. As previously mentioned I am in full time secondary education, and so the fees I would have to pay to the national archives would be too large for me. Thank you for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Reuben Bond

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