Armed Exercises (4367_13)
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The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly and in any case no later than 20 working days after receiving your request. We must consider firstly whether we can comply with section 1(1) (a) of the Act, which is our duty to confirm whether or not the information requested is held and secondly we must comply with section 1(1)(b), which is the provision of such information.
However, when a qualified exemption applies either to the confirmation or denial, or the provision of the information and the public interest test is engaged, the Act allows the time for response to be longer than 20 working days, if the balance of such public interest is undetermined. In this case we have not yet reached a decision on where the balance of the public interest lies in respect of the location of each exercise and the type of firearms that were used.
We estimate that it will take an additional 20 working days to make a decision on where this balance lies. Therefore, we plan to let you have a response by 20 January 2014. If it appears that it will take longer than this to reach a conclusion, you will be kept informed. The specific exemptions which apply in relation this information are Section 24 (National Security) and Section 31 (Law Enforcement).
Rather than unnecessarily delay your request I have attached the majority of the requested information.