My reference: LSM/FOI/120909/12
Further to s1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000: During Operation BANNER, the Armed Forces' operation in Northern Ireland from August 1969 to July 2007:
1. How many people were killed by members of the Armed Forces, and how many of these were under the age of 18?
2. In how many cases were members of the Armed Forces convicted of manslaughter?
3. In how many cases were members of the Armed Forces convicted of murder?
4. In cases where members of the Armed Forces were convicted of manslaughter, on how many occasions were those personnel permitted to continue serving in the Armed Forces following their release from prison?
5. In cases where members of the Armed Forces were convicted of murder, on how many occasions were those personnel permitted to continue serving in the Armed Forces following their release from prison?
6. In all cases where members of the Armed Forces were convicted of manslaughter or murder following killings in Northern Ireland, and were permitted to continue serving in the Armed Forces following their release from prison, please provide minutes of the Army Board meetings at which the decision was taken to permit them to rejoin the Army and continue serving.
My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If you need any clarification of this request please feel free to email me. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests.
I note that under s16 of the Act, it is the MOD's duty to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who make requests for information to it. Accordingly, if the MOD considers attempting to block release of information under s12 of the Act (exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit), please a) provide a breakdown of costs, and b) explain what information *would* be releasable within the appropriate limit according to the department's purported calculations. I would, in that situation, apply for internal review, and ultimately apply for decision by the Information Commissioner, per s50 of the Act.
I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.
Please see attached a reply to recent Freedom of Information Act Requests.
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