Dear Bristol City Council,

I wish to see the a full copy of the 2015 report into Bristol Energy's viatlblity conducted by pwc (PricewaterhouseCoopers).

This report should not exempt from commercial confidentially as a report from 2015 is unlikely to cause a real change in the market along with significant monetary loss to the taxpayer is taking on by the continued existence of Bristol Energy which reported and £11.2m loss for the last financial year.

If the report refused you would be overreaching the S43 exemption due to the report's age.

Yours faithfully,

Joseph Lloyd

No Reply @ Bristol, Bristol City Council

Dear Joseph Lloyd 
This is a courtesy email to let you know your Public Information
Request has been received on : 10/01/2019. 
Your unique reference number is "CRN00207307 ". Please keep this
number safe, as you may be required to provide it in the future. 
If you need to add further information concerning your case or
require an update about your response date, please email
[email address] 
Regards,
Customer Relations Team

"No Reply @ Bristol" <noreply@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

Dear Joseph Lloyd
Thank you for submitting your Public Information Request dated 10/01/2019. Your unique reference for this case is CRN00207307 , please use should you need to get in touch with us in the future. 
The details of the case raised are as follows

Dear Bristol City Council,

I wish to see the a full copy of the 2015 report into Bristol Energy's viatlblity conducted by pwc (PricewaterhouseCoopers).

This report should not exempt from commercial confidentially as a report from 2015 is unlikely to cause a real change in the market along with significant monetary loss to the taxpayer is taking on by the continued existence of Bristol Energy which reported and £11.2m loss for the last financial year.

If the report refused you would be overreaching the S43 exemption due to the report's age.

You should receive a formal response on or before 07/02/2019 09:26
If you have not heard anything by this date then please contact [1][email address] quoting CRN00207307 and we will look into the matter for you. 
Yours sincerely
Customer Relations Team

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"No Reply @ Bristol" <noreply@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 10/01/2019

Your request number is CRN00207307

Our reply to your request is:  

Thank you for your information request which we received on 10
January.
I have processed your request under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (‘EIR’) as the information requested is
environmental according to the definition in regulation 2 of the EIR.
Section 39 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’) exempts
environmental information from the Act, but requires us to consider
it under the EIR. 
In your email you requested the following information:

“I wish to see the a full copy of the 2015 report into Bristol
Energy's viability conducted by pwc (PricewaterhouseCoopers).

This report should not exempt from commercial confidentially as a
report from 2015 is unlikely to cause a real change in the market
along with significant monetary loss to the taxpayer is taking on by
the continued existence of Bristol Energy which reported and £11.2m
loss for the last financial year.

If the report refused you would be overreaching the S43 exemption due
to the report's age.”
 
I can confirm that Bristol City Council holds the information
requested. However, we are withholding it on the following grounds:
Regulation 12(5)(e) - Confidentiality of commercial or industrial
information
The EIR exception at Regulation 12(5)(e) provides that information is
exempted if its disclosure would adversely affect the confidentiality
of commercial or industrial information where such confidentiality is
provided by law to protect a legitimate economic interest. The
regulation is set out in the following link:
[1]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004/....  
 
The information that you have requested contains details which relate
to the Bristol Energy business plan dated 1^st May 2015. Despite the
age of the report, since it makes reference to a range of business
strategies, objectives, modelling approaches and assumptions which
may still be relevant to the current business plan and business
practice of Bristol Energy, we consider that this would be of
significant interest to competitors and its disclosure would weaken
Bristol Energy’s market position.
Whilst there will always be a level of public interest in the actions
of a public authority being transparent and capable of being held to
account, we are of the view that this is outweighed by the potential
detriment to the public purse by way of the financial disadvantage to
a wholly owned company.
 

This response should answer your request in full.

If you’re not satisfied with our response, or if you want to appeal
against any exemptions:

Email: [2][Bristol City Council request email]
Write to: Customer Relations (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS

If you’re still not satisfied with our response:

You can complain to the Information Commissioner. 
Find out how to do this on the Information Commissioner Office
website
 (link to [3]http://ico.org.uk/concerns)

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You do not own the copyright to any of the information we give you.
Copyright may be owned by the council or by a third party.

You are not allowed to:

·         make a copy of the information

·         use the information commercially

If you want to copy or use the information in any way you should ask
us for permission in writing first. We can’t give permission if it is
from a third party.

 

Kind regards

Bristol City Council

Privacy statement

 

Information about how Bristol City Council uses, stores and processes
personal data, can be found on
[4]www.bristol.gov.uk/about-our-website/privacy

 

For the purposes of this scheme, Bristol City Council will only be
collecting, storing and processing business and organisational data,
and will only be sharing this non-personal data  with organisations /
charities as agreed.

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2. mailto:[Bristol City Council request email]
3. http://ico.org.uk/concerns
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