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Dear Ministry of Defence,

I would like all data held regarding the recent 'incident' where soldiers/cadets (possibly of the Yorkshire regiment), were photographed with Tommy Robinson (former EDL leader).

Yours faithfully,

Edward Williams

Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Doyle,

Thank you for your email received on 15 October requesting the following information:

'I would like all data held regarding the recent 'incident' where soldiers/cadets (possibly of the Yorkshire regiment), were photographed with Tommy Robinson (former EDL leader).'

I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The Ministry of Defence requires further information in order to determine your request. In particular, it would be useful to know what you mean by 'data'. The ICO provides guidance on requesting FOIs which can be found on the link below:

https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

You may wish to refer specifically to the section on 'How should I word my request to get the best result?'.

Once you have clarified your request, I will be pleased to consider it again.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not satisfied with this response or you wish to complain about any aspect of the handling of your request, then you should contact us in the first instance at the address above. If informal resolution is not possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may apply for an independent internal review by contacting the Information Rights Compliance team, Ground Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail [email address]). Please note that any request for an internal review must be made within 40 working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution has come to an end.

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Yours sincerely,
Army Secretariat

Dear Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER),

Good morning, thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the FOIA request. I appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Could I please respectfully bring to your attention that my name is not Mr Doyle, as used in your email.

I can now reply to the query raised in your email of the 1 November 2018 in which you asked:-

"The Ministry of Defence requires further information in order to determine your request. In particular, it would be useful to know what you mean by 'data'. The ICO provides guidance on requesting FOIs which can be found on the link below:"

"Data" means any recorded information. Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and sound or video recordings. I hope this is helpful to you.

As regards the incident with Mr Robinson, there is a quote in the online Telegraph: -

"An forces spokesman said The Army was aware of the photograph and footage and is "investigating the circumstances surrounding this".
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10...

https://news.sky.com/story/soldier-in-to...
"The army is taking steps to discharge a soldier who appeared in a video with far-right activist Tommy Robinson."
Sky News was told the recruit had a long record of disciplinary problems.

"This was the straw that broke the camel's back," a source said."

Unfortunately, I am unable to enter into further correspondence on this topic. Please contact the ICO for further clarification at the following web address: - https://ico.org.uk/

I look forward to receiving your prompt response to the request in accordance with section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Williams

Dear Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER),

Response is now due.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Williams

Dear Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER),

Please reply within 7 days or I shall pass the matter to the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Williams

Army Sec-Group (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Williams,

Thank you for your email, and apologies for the delay in a response which was due to administrative oversight. We are looking into your query and will respond as possible.

Kind regards,

Army Secretariat

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correspondence@mod.ecase.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of Hannah Scott, Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Williams,

Please find attached our response to your recent enquiry.

Regards

Hannah Scott

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 'Tommy Robinson photos'.

Why don't you start with the press office and Rupert Jones and see what they have?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10...

A forces spokesman said The Army was aware of the photograph and footage and is "investigating the circumstances surrounding this".

Reacting to the pictures and videos being circulated on Wednesday, Major General Rupert Jones, who will shortly take up the appointment of Standing Joint Force Commander, said he was "confident" extremist views are not prevalent in the forces.

He said: "The British Army is absolutely clear that we do not tolerate extremist views and we don't tolerate extremist behaviour.

"I am very confident that is a widely held position across the Army. Much of the reaction to that incident from our people tells you that."

There has been wide condemnation of the images, including from the Muslim Council of Britain, which accused Robinson of "remaining silent on the sacrifices Muslims and others made in the two world wars".

Maj Gen Jones added: "The Army absolutely encourages diversity in our teams. We are stronger for diversity - we have very high expectations and standards and we will comply with those."

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

Edward Williams

DDC-Secretariat Parliamentary (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Williams

 

This e-mail is to acknowledge receipt of your FOI request asking for
information on Tommy Robinson held by the press office and Rupert Jones.

 

Your reference number is FOI2018/15722.  The MOD aims to respond by the 10
January 2019.

 

Should you have any queries with this request please quote the above
reference number.

 

Regards

 

DDC-Secretariat

MOD Main Building

London

SW1A 2HB

 

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