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From: Security Policy and Operations MINISTRY OF DEFENCE Level 4, Zone F, Desk 2 Main

From: Security Policy and Operations MINISTRY OF DEFENCE Level 4, Zone F, Desk 2 Main Building, London, SW1A 2HB

Telephone:

020 7218 9000

Fax:

020 7218 1042

Marinka Peschmann

Email Address: Marinkapm@XXXX

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

Date:

26 November 2013

Dear Ms Peschmann,

Thank you for your email of 28 th October 2013 requesting the following information:

Copies of any and all U.K. Government, NATO, Ministry of Defence communicationsprint and electronic -- related to the MANPAD program in Libya XXXXXX.

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 electronicrelated to the MANPAD XXXXXXX

Copies of any and all U.K. Government, NATO, Ministry of Defence communicationsprint and electronicrelated 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 effort.

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.

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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 end.

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 http://www.ico.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely

ACP-CP2