In the UK, there are three principle means of extracting information from Government departments, in this case the MoD.
The first is to simply read published materials, listen to debates and evidence sessions and absorb information that is sent.
The other two are submitting a Freedom of Information request and asking ones MP to ask for you.
The MoD gets them but joining the dots for requests that are duplicated across these two avenues must be difficult to administer…
FoI Request – Submitted on the 12th of January 2013
Dear Ministry of Defence,
I would like to know if the 120 mm anti-tank round CHARM 3 propellant charge Life Extension Program will entail the test firing of the CHARM 3 round at at either the Eskmeals VJ Battery
Firing Butt in Cumbria or the Dundrennan Range in Dumfries and Galloway.
Parliamentary Question - Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 18 January 2013, c964W)
Nick Harvey (North Devon, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Life Extension Programme that the CHARM-3 propellant charge is subject to will involve test firing at (a) the Eskmeals VJ Battery Firing Butt in Cumbria and (b) the Dundrennan Range in Dumfries and Galloway.
It would make sense, given the question is basically the same, for coordinated answer.
The Parliamentary answer issued on the 18th was;
Philip Dunne (Ludlow, Conservative) A site for testing the propellant charge for the CHARM 3 Round has not yet been selected. A suitable trial site will be selected at the appropriate stage in the Life Extension Programme.
and the response to the FoI request
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that the Ministry of Defence does hold information that falls within scope of
your request. The information is exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), because it is reasonably accessible to you by other means. This information is
already in the public domain and can be located in the House of Parliament’s Hansard records, Reference Number – 18 Jan 2013: Column 964W. For ease I have provided a
web link to this document below: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm130118/text/130118w00
The MoD gets a lot of stick but that seems pretty efficient to me.