Unidentified aerial vehicles

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Ministry of Defence should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Ministry of Defence,

How many unidentified aerial vehicles has the MoD and its various forces detected and/or tracked over the last decade both within British airspace, and outside of it?

What is the procedure for dealing with unidentified aerial vehicles or phenomena?

Yours faithfully,

Adam K Dean

Dear Ministry of Defence,

By law there should have been a response by 22 March 2021.

As no response has been forthcoming, I am hereby requesting that you review this request.

Yours faithfully,

Adam K Dean

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

Dear Mr Dean,

 

Thank you for your enquiry.  Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you
with a substantive response to your request today.  However, we have made
enquiries of HQ Air Command on your behalf and they confirm that they hope
to be in a position to write to you on behalf of the Department by the end
of next week.

 

We would not normally conduct an internal review until the substantive
response has been provided but if you remain dissatisfied when you receive
the substantive response, please contact us again.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

 

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your response.

I am happy to wait for HQ Air Command to respond.

Yours sincerely,

Adam K Dean

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

Just a friendly reminder that this request is still pending.

Yours sincerely,

Adam K Dean

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

Dear Mr Dean,

Thank you for your enquiry. We apologise that we have not been able to provide a response to you, as previously advised. HQ Air Command Secretariat, who are preparing the response, has been short-staffed during the epidemic and officials working from home have experienced difficulties accessing the relevant subject matter experts. However, we understand additional resources have now been assigned and you can expect a substantive response by the end of this month.

Given that a response is imminent we would not normally conduct a handling review but if, on receipt, you are dissatisfied with the contents of the response provided please contact us again or if you should experience a further delay.

You have an absolute right to at any time to contact the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Act. Further details of the role and powers of the Commissioner can be found on her website at: www.ico.org.uk . Her address is: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, WILMSLOW, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

We thank you for your patience.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

Not to worry, I appreciate the current circumstances are far from ideal.

I'm happy to wait until HQ Air Command Secretariat has adequate resources to fulfil the request.

No review is necessary.

Yours sincerely,

Adam K Dean

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

It has now been almost a month since the last message I sent.

I am aware of the staff shortage situation, but would you be able to update me on the status of this request?

Many thanks,

Adam K Dean

Dear Ministry of Defence,

This request has now become long overdue.

Please could you review this?

Yours faithfully,

Adam K Dean

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

Dear Mr Dean,

Thank you for your emails of 12 May and 3 June. We regret we are still not in a position to provide you with a substantive response to your request for information (reference FOI2020/02065). MOD has not provided a response within the statutory timescale under section 10 of the Act, for which we apologise. The measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in processing delays, and your request is one that has been affected.

We can advise that we would not normally provide an internal review until the substantive response has been issued so that we can examine both the handling and the substance of the response. We have, however, reminded HQ Air Command that they need to provide a substantive response to your request as quickly as possible.

Should you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your complaint you have an absolute right at any time in the process to contact the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Act. Further details of the role and powers of the Commissioner can be found on her website at: www.ico.org.uk . Her address is: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, WILMSLOW.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

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Tyrone Armatage left an annotation ()

I wonder what they're hiding?