Roles of Government Departments Involved in the Production of Studies on the Impact of Brexit

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

Roles of Government Departments Involved in the Production of Studies on the Impact of Brexit

I refer to my FoI request to the DExEU:

And their response:

In the response to Item 5a, DExEU says: “We can confirm that DExEU does not hold this information. This exercise relied on expertise and involvement from across Government, and we are as such unable to ascertain the effort in days that went into producing these studies.”

I now have the following questions of your department. I would be grateful if you would answer these questions on behalf of your department and those government agencies reporting through your department. If you are unable to report on behalf of your agencies, please let me know and I will make further FoI requests directly to those agencies.

1 Did your department (or associated agencies) have any role in the production of any of the studies referred to in the above referenced FoI request and response from DExEU?

2 If your department or your agencies did have a role, what was that role?

3 If your agencies had a role, please specify which agencies were involved?

4 If you or your agencies did have a role, what was the total amount of effort (in person days) expended by civil servants or department/agency-supervised government contractors on all of the studies to which you (or your agencies) contributed?

5 If you or your agencies did have a role, was any of the work subcontracted to external service providers under fixed-price or time/materials terms? If so, please provide details of these contracts including the supplier, the value and the contracting route?

6 Please identify the studies to which you or your agencies contributed?

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Shaun Davey

Munday, Freddie B2 (EBRX-EUX Industry AH), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Davey


Thank you for your correspondence dated 2 October. We are treating this as
a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


MOD holds information related to your request, but that we believe the
information falls within the scope of the following qualified
exemption(s): Section 35 (Formulation or Development of Government
Policy). As such it is necessary for us to decide whether, in all the
circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure. We therefore plan
to let you have a response by 27 November 2017. If it appears that it will
take longer than this to reach a conclusion we will let you know.


Please see the attached letter which sets this out more fully.


If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please
contact [1]this office in the first instance.






Freddie Munday | EUX AH Industrial Policy | Ministry of Defence | Level 4,
Zone F | MOD Main Building | Whitehall | London | SW1A 2HB | Tel: 020 7218
5244 | Mil: 9621 85244 |  [2][email address]



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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 'Roles of Government Departments Involved in the Production of Studies on the Impact of Brexit'.

Your response is a blanket refusal to respond to my questions. This is unacceptable. The same question has been asked of many other departments who have managed to respond to my questions in part. Please see:

No other department has given a blanket refusal to respond citing section 35, and nor should the MoD.

Kindly perform an internal review of your response and reformulate it accordingly.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Shaun Davey

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

Dear Mr Davey,

Thank you for your email requesting an internal review about the handling of your request under our reference 2017/09380. I should explain that the letter you have received is not a refusal of information held. The letter is a notification to you under section 17 of the Act to explain that information is held but additional time is needed for the consideration of applying qualified exemptions and that you will receive a substantive response from the Department within a further 20 working days. If at that point you remain dissatisfied with the substantive response, we will undertake an internal review.

You do however reserve the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner under the provisions of section 50 of the Act at any stage of the request. Further details of the role and powers of the Commissioner can be found on her website at: Her address is: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe house, Water Lane, WILMSLOW, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team


Apologies - my mistake, I will await your further response. However, nevertheless I believe you might seek inspiration from the responses of other departments, thus reducing effort and timescales.

Yours sincerely,

Shaun Davey


This coming Friday (24/11) you will have had 40 working days - ample time by anyone's standards.
Please respond. I will complain to the ICO if I do not hear from you be next week.

Yours sincerely,

Shaun Davey on behalf of European Bilateral Relations and EU Exit Secretariat,

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Dear Mr Davey,

Please find attached our response to your recent enquiry.


European Bilateral Relations and EU Exit Team

Dear [email address] on behalf of European Bilateral Relations and EU Exit Secretariat,

Many thanks for your response which is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Shaun Davey

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