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Visits to RAFAC Overseas Squadrons/Units

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Dear Air Cadet Organisation,

Please provide the following information for all financially years after 1/4/2010
The information requested should relate specifically to the Wings and Squadrons of the RAFAC listed:
1. Norfolk& Suffolk Wing - No2 (Overseas) Squadron Gibraltar
2. London Wing - No4 (Overseas) Squadron Gutersloh
3. Devon & Wiltshire Wing - No 7 (Overseas) Squadron Jersey
201 (Overseas) Sqn Guernsey
4. Merseyside Wing - 440 (Manx) Sqn
5. West Mercia Wing - No1 (Overseas) Squadron Akrotiri
No 1 (Overseas) Squadron DF Ayios Nikolaos
The information should be detailed on a year by year basis,
It is requested to:
a) identify the number of personnel from within each Wing making the visits, and the frequency and duration of the visits.
b) identify the means of transport to the Unit (ie service, commercial or private; land , sea or air)
c) identify the arrangements for transport and messing during the course of the visit
d) identify the value of any exchequer funding, or the alternative source of such funding
e) provide statistics on the number of Cadets and staff recorded at each Unit.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Brown

Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER), Air Cadet Organisation

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Dear Chris Brown

 

Please find attached response to your recent FOI request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Air Command Secretariat

Dear Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER),
In reply to your response dated 1 March 2019, I can add the following clarification to the requirements of my request:

a) The number of Personnel from the parent Wing for the Overseas Squadron and Squadrons with that same Wing, - the information should also identify the number if visits relating to attendance at an annual camp.

b) the information should include travel to and from the Overseas Unit, and also the Overseas element.

c) a breakdown for each visit

d) the funding information should identify the costs arising from the visits made by those Personnel, but if this funding falls to be met by the Overseas Units, where that Unit is based within Crown jurisdiction, then that should also be identified.

e) this relates specifically to staff and cadet numbers at the respective Overseas Unit.

I hope the above is sufficient for you to process this request.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Brown

Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER), Air Cadet Organisation

Dear Chris Brown

 

Your request has been logged under our reference of FOI2019/02846 and the
target date for response is 3 April 2019.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Air Command Secretariat

 

Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER), Air Cadet Organisation

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Dear Chris Brown,

 

Please find attached response to your recent request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Air Command Secretariat

Dear Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER),

With reference to your reply of 2 April 2019, I can refine the request parameters.
I should then like to request information relating only to Wing and Region Personnel visits to:
1) 440 (Manx) Sqn
2a) No1 (Overseas) Squadron Akrotiri
2b) No 1 (Overseas) Squadron DF Ayios Nikolaos
The information should be detailed on a year by year basis from year 2012/3, and should cover:
a) the number of personnel from within each host Wing/Region making the visits, and the frequency and duration of the visits.
b) the means of transport to the Unit (ie service, commercial or private; land , sea or air)
c) the arrangements for transport and messing during the course of the visit
d) the value of any exchequer funding, or the alternative source of funding
e) provide statistics on the number of Cadets and staff recorded at each visited Unit.
The information is NOT expected to include anything attributable to the attendance of Wing or Region assigned personnel, relatimg to planned annual camp activities and where the visits are a requirement of ensuring appropriate CFAV supervision for UK based Cadets.
Squadron based Personnel can therefore be excluded unless they have been assigned Wing or Region Duty.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Brown

Dear Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER),

Following your response on 2 April 2019, in which you confirm that you do d the information requested; I then refined my request to bring it within scope of the cost parameters that ave stated.

I have heard nothing further and it seems that in excess of the 20 working days contained within the FOI Act has now lapsed.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Brown

Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER), Air Cadet Organisation

Dear Chris Brown,

Thank you for your e-mail below. Unfortunately, due to an administrative error, your request was inadvertently missed. I apologise for this error and will ensure that you receive a response to your request soonest.

Please note that the reference number for this request is FOI2019/05618.

Yours sincerely,

Air Command Secretariat

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Dear Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER),

I am reminded that your response to this request is now overdue.

It is then appropriate to point out that I can submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner, as on your own admission requested is held and my request was tailored to suit FOI cost parameters.

I await your response.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Brown

Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER), Air Cadet Organisation

Dear Mr Brown,

Thank you for your email. I can assure you that your request is being dealt with and you will receive a response as soon as possible.

I apologise that this is outside of the 20 working day deadline. Should it not be possible to provide you with a response shortly I will endeavour to keep you updated on the progress of your request.

Yours sincerely

Air Director Resources Secretariat

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Air-DRes Sec-ParliBusiness (MULTIUSER), Air Cadet Organisation

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Dear Chris Brown,

 

Please find attached to your FOI request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Air Command Secretariat

Dear Air Cadet Organisation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Air Cadet Organisation's handling of my FOI request 'Visits to RAFAC Overseas Squadrons/Units'.

I have requested information to identify how such visits are funded.

The response states:

With regard to the value of the exchequer funding, information is not held within scope of the
request. Public funding is allocated to RAFAC HQ for core business and most Squadron funding is
raised through charity fundraising.

The information is requested to provide details which do not involve Cadet activities and thereby avoid any use of funds which have been raised through Charity fundraising. It is assumed that visits made by Wing personnel are purely administrative, and the simple requirement is to establish the cost of such visits and the amount which is chargeable against the RAFAC budget.

In an initial response it was stated that the information is held, but now it is suggested that elements maybe attributable to squadron charity fundraising, where the listed reasons for visits do not appear to have been determined at Squadron level; it is therefore unlikely that there is any element of costs requiring to be covered from charity fundraising unless of course the ATC General Purpose Fund is being used and even then monies are not intended for non cadet benefit.

As specific dates for visits are identified, it would seem costs should be easily identifiable in the most basic accounting system, unless of course costs have been attributable elsewhere, which would be outside the scope of the FOI, but that is not what the impression given.

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

Yours faithfully,

Chris Brown

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Air Cadet Organisation

Dear Mr Brown,

 

Receipt is acknowledged of your email of  10 July 2019 in which you
requested an internal review of a response (reference above)

 

The Department's target for completing internal reviews is 20 working days
and we therefore aim to complete the review and respond to you 9 August
2019. While we are working hard to achieve this, in the interests of
providing you with a more realistic indication of when you should expect a
response, we should advise that the majority are currently taking between
20 and 40 working days to complete.  The internal review that will involve
a full, independent reconsideration of the handling of the RFI as well as
the final decision.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

 

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Air Cadet Organisation

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