Tom Baker visiting BAOR schools in 1977

John Kemp made this Freedom of Information request to Directorate of Children and Young People (MOD)

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Dear Service Children's Education,

In November 1977, the actor Tom Baker (Dr Who) made a publicity visit to some of the British Army on the Rhine (BAOR) garrisons in West Germany at the invitation of the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS-TV). He visited Wavell Primary School in the Bergen-Hohne garrison north-west of Celle, and Shackleton Primary School in Fallingbostel. He also visited the training ground at Bergen-Hohne, where he rode in a tank.

Is there any written or photographic record of this visit, and can permission be given to publish those photos?

Yours faithfully,

J Kemp

Dear Directorate of Children and Young People (MOD),

I sent a request on 15 September 2019, and have not yet received a reply.

Can you please provide a reason for the long delay, and advise when a formal response will be made.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

John Kemp

Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER), Directorate of Children and Young People (MOD)

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Good morning Mr Kemp,

Please find the response to your recently submitted request attached.

Apologies you have not received the original response, I have forwarded it below for your information.

Kind Regards

Liz Williams
SO2 Manning Portfolio | Army Secretariat
Floor 2 Zone 1 | Blenheim Building | Army HQ | Marlborough Lines, Monxton Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8HT
Mil: 94393 6086 | Civ: 01264 886086 | [email address]

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Dear Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER),

Thank your for your reply.

The information you provided - such as identifying those documents that are in "the public domain" i.e. those held by the UCL archive and the Imperial War Museum - was already known to me, and was what had prompted me to submit a FOI request.

If there is documentation that is "already in the public domain", there must also be documentation that isn't. That is what I am requesting.

Is there any correspondence between the BFBS / the BBC / Baker / his agent about this visit?

Is there an itinerary?

Any other photographs other than those held by UCL and IWM?

There may have been a write-up about Baker's visit in the British Army publication "The Sixth Sense" in late 1977/early 1978? (While the IWM does hold some issues of the Sixth Sense in its collections, it does not hold any from that year.)

Yours sincerely,

John Kemp

Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER), Directorate of Children and Young People (MOD)

Good morning Mr Kemp,

The MOD is not the owner of any information held by the BFBS, the BBC, Baker or Tom Baker's agent so would not in a position to search for or release any information owned by them.

The information supplied to you in my response was following a full search of information owned by the MOD. No further information available to be provided.

I wish you every success with your ongoing search for the information you seek.

Kind Regards

Manning 3
Army Secretariat

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