protocol between ministry of supply/defence and Albright and wilson for destroying military weapons at Rattlechain Tip

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

I am seeking clarification on what protocol existed between the Ministry of Supply/Defence and Albright and Wilson for disposal of any form of military weapons either stockpiled or uncovered in post war developments since 1945.
Albright and Wilson made huge quantities of white phosphorus based weapons at their Langley plant in Oldbury during both World Wars. In 1948 they acquired a site for disposal of slurry waste containing white phosphorus known as Rattlechain Mere or tip based in Tividale, West Midlands.
In the book "Oldbury, Langley and Warley" by Terry Daniels, a photograph of 38 molotov cocktails made by Albright and Wilson are "awaiting destruction at rattlechain Tip."
I have spoken to the author and the source of the photograph who confirm that these white phosphorus based weapons were blown up with cordite at the site after being uncovered around 1986 at Dudley cricket ground.
Can the MOD confirm that it's staff set foot on Rattlechain tip/mere to carry out this controlled explosion and on how many other occassions have British Military staff set foot on this site to dispose or carry out similar military artefact disposal?

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Ref Freedom of information request

'protocol between ministry of supply/defence and Albright and wilson for destroying military weapons at Rattlechain Tip'.

Could you please advise me of the status of this freedom of information request which has not been responded to in the alloted timeframe and is now delayed.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

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 'protocol between ministry of supply/defence and Albright and wilson for destroying military weapons at Rattlechain Tip'.
The request has not been acknowledged and there has been no indication if the MOD hold the information requested or not. A response should have been given by 30 March and I have sent an update message which has also not been acknowledged.
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pr...

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

LF-SEC-Ops 2-C1 (Morrison, Bridget Mrs),

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Dear Mr Carroll,

Please see the attached response to your request for information. I am
aware that this response is very late under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act and would like to apologise for this. I can offer you no
reason for this delay - your request reached this officer today - 20^th
April 2010. I am not sure where it has been in the period since you
submitted it.

I hope the attached is helpful.

Kind regards,

Bridget Morrison

COS LF Sec

94331 4872

[email address]