Seven million glass bottles hanging on the wall.

Mr Carroll made this Freedom of Information request to Health Protection Agency

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

Dear Health Protection Agency,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

This is follow up request to a previous request ref. 11/02/27/gs/065 concerning risk mnagement of SIP grenades as detailed in the HPA published report
"Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report From the Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division September 2007 Issue 10"- "Discovery of World War II Special Incendiary Phosphorous (SIP) grenades in a Wiltshire garden."

"The SIP grenade was generally regarded as being a danger to its own operators, and was not issued to troops on the front line. SIP grenades were stored in crates of about 20 and distributed throughout Wiltshire. 141,000 were allocated throughout Wiltshire. Most of these would have been made safe before the end of WWII."

In the request for the source of this information you stated

"We have consulted with the author of the above report regarding the source of the statement you have quoted, and they have confirmed that the source was a publication loaned to the author by the Ministry of Defence, which was subsequently returned. I can therefore confirm for the purposes of the Environmental Information Regulations, the information is not held by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

The author has contacted the Ministry of Defence to ask if they could confirm which of their publications this information was obtained from, but at the date of this response, we have not yet heard back from them. As and when we receive a response, we will forward the relevant details to you."

Can I request if the ministry of defence have responded to the author's question?

(ii) Having received my own rather dubious response from the Ministry of Defence regarding publications which it still holds regarding these Albright and Wilson produced weapons, (refused on cost grounds), can I therefore work backwards and ask what question(s) or information the author put to the ministry in the production of his write up, whereby he was provided with the loaned publication from which he learned the information? Was it part of a series of Freedom of Information requests- and if so what were these requests?
I am particulrly interested in the number of grenades quoted to have been distributed, which implies that this information is still known and may include a breakdown of figures for other counties around the country;I can find no other source which states such an exact figure as "141,000 were allocated throughout Wiltshire."
The author/ HPA my be interested to know that over 7 million of these useless but persistent toxic molotov cocktails were made by Albright and Wilson- source "100 years of phosphorus making" by Richrd Threlfall.

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days.
I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

Freedom Of Information, Health Protection Agency

Dear Mr Carroll,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOI) Act 2000.

A response will be sent to you as soon as possible and certainly within 20
working days.

If in the meantime you have any queries regarding your request, please
feel free to contact me.


Ruby Peters

FOI Officer

020 8327 6920

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Dear Mr Carroll,

Please find enclosed our response to your request for information under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please fee free to contact me if
you have any queries,


Ruby Peters
FOI Coordinator

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