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


#5 - National Archives FOIA Request
Date - 22 September 2007



Saturday September 22 2007 at approximately 12.30

(Submitted via the National Archives online FOIA request facility)


http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/contact/form/generalcontactform.asp?id=14&action=1


22 September 2007

Dear Sir/Madam

Please inform me whether Iraq's December 7th 2002 Full, Final and Complete Disclosure (FFCD), which comprises some 12,000 pages and was at the time supplied to the British Government, is now held by the National Archives. If the answer to the above is in the affirmative, please inform me as to which Government department lodged this record with the National Archives.


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National Archives FOIA Response - 24 September 2007

A response has been received from The National Archives. It reads as follows:

Dear Mr XXXXX

Thank you for this query. To date, no copy of the Iraq government's December 2002 FFCD has been transferred to The National Archives. Although we have begun to accession electronic records of that age, our programme of electronic archiving is in its earliest stages and we do not hold complete collections of departmental electronic records. Any copies in paper format would not normally be transferred into The National Archives until much closer to their 30th year.

Regards

XXXXXX XXXXXX

Head of Inspection and Client Management Unit
Records Management and Cataloguing Department
The National Archives
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Richmond
Surrey TW9 4DU
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