The question as to whether or not Iraq actually used chemical weapon-loaded Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War is still an open one. Further to this, there still remain outstanding questions about the claims that Iraq possessed illegally-retained Scud Missiles in the period prior to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. There is no complete record to draw upon and no one organisation has ever been seen to have compiled an exhaustive and comprehensive analysis.

- A review by a former member of the Dhahran Scud Watchers Club

#4 - Ministry of Defence FOIA Request
Date - 08 August 2007

Wednesday August 08 2007 at approximately 22.50

(Submitted via the MoD online FOIA request facility) FreedomOfInformationInformationRequest.htm

Dear Sir/Madam

Following on from Freedom of Information Act requests to the Cabinet Office (Ref: FOI 249982) and to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Ref: FCO 0653-07), I have been advised that the Ministry of Defence may hold the previously requested information, therefore I wish to make a further request under the Freedom of Information Act, this time to the MoD, for the release of the following information:

The so-called 'Scud files' as referred to by the UNMOVIC Draft Work Programme dated 17 March 2003, ref: , as were contained in the 12,000 pages of the full, and final and complete (FFCD) declaration submitted by Iraq on December 7, 2002, which was at that time supplied to the British Government.

N.B. I would obviously prefer an English language version of this documentation, being as the original may well have been supplied in Arabic and subsequently translated into English. A paper or CD-ROM version would be equally acceptable.

Yours sincerely

Andrew XXXXX

Telephone: 01934 4136XX


Ministry of Defence FOIA Response - 19 September 2007

A FOIA response has been received from the Freedom of Information Focal Point at the Ministry of Defence. It states that the MoD does not hold the requested documents. The FOI Focal Point response does add slightly to SCUDWATCH's knowledge of Iraq's December 7th 2002 Full, Final and Complete Declaration (FFCD) in so far as their response states:

"From our knowledge of the 'Currently Accurate, Full and Complete Declaration', we understand that the 'Scud files contain 80 diaries, consisting of 200 pages."

Being as this same request has now been made separately to the Cabinet Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence, all with a negative outcome, a further FOI request will be made to the National Archives at Kew, in order to determine whether the requested documents have been lodged there by any Governmental department.