From: Security Policy and Operations

Level 4, Zone F, Desk 2
Main Building,
London, SW1A 2HB
020 7218 9000
020 7218 1042

Marinka Peschmann
Email Address: Marinkapm@XXXX

Our Ref: 28-10-2013-140253-003


26 November 2013

Dear Ms Peschmann,
Thank you for your email of 28th October 2013 requesting the following information:
Copies of any and all U.K. Government, NATO, Ministry of Defence
communications– print and electronic -- related to the MANPAD program in
For more specifics to aid in your search:
Copies of any and all U.K. Government, NATO, and Ministry of Defence
communications-- print and electronic -- XXXXXXXXXX within the MANPAD
program in Libya.
Copies of any and all U.K. Government, NATO, Ministry of Defence
communications-- print and electronic -- related to the mobile MANPAD teams
in Libya.
Copies of any and all U.K. Government, NATO, Ministry of Defence
communications —print and electronic—related to the MANPAD XXXXXXX
Copies of any and all U.K. Government, NATO, Ministry of Defence
communications—print and electronic— related to the XXXXX.
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.
A search for the information has been initiated within the Ministry of Defence, and I
can confirm that information which falls within the scope of your request is held.
However, I have to advise you that we will not be able to answer your request without
exceeding the appropriate limit as set out in Section 12 of the FOI act. This is
because to retrieve and extract information in scope of your request would involve
searching, reading and extracting a minimum of 16,000 documents across at least
three major departmental organisations resulting in at least 403 working days of
Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for
information where the costs of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit,
which for central government is set at £600. This represents the estimated cost of

one person spending 3.5 working days in determining whether the department holds
the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting it.
In accordance with S16 (Advice and Assistance) The MOD may be able to provide
some information in scope of your request if you reduce or refine your request to a
specified summary or document relating to the MANPAD programme to bring the
costs of compliance under the limit.
You are advised to note that any refined request would be subject to assessment
against S27 (International Relations) to confirm if information can be released to you
in the public interest in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.
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 me in the first instance. If
informal resolution is not possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may apply for
an independent internal review by contacting the Deputy Chief Information Officer,
2nd Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB XXXXXXX.
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
If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your complaint to
the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of
the Information Act. Please note that the Information Commissioner will not
investigate your case until the MOD internal review process has been completed.
Further details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found
on the Information Commissioner`s website
Yours sincerely