Dear Ministry of Defence,
1: can you confirm or deny that the MOD is able to publicly confirm or deny there are stocks of novichok nerve agent or their analogues held in amounts regardless of size by the UK, or that such information shall be kept secret.
2: can you confirm or deny there are stocks of novichok nerve agent or their analogues held in amounts regardless of size by the UK, and if so, the quantity involved, and what agencies have access to it.
3: would it be possible that on a direct order from whitehall or other qualified person or department, that an amount of novichok or its analogues could be released to authorised parties for removal from secure storage facilities for purposes known or unknown by said storage facilities.
4: assuming such transfer had taken place as outlined in (4) what agency(ies) would hold records of this, in the cases or release being for a) analytical purposes, or b) secret operational purposes.
5: will asking such questions put me on some kind of watch list?
Please see attached, a letter on a time extension for the FOI request you have submitted.
Global Issues team
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