Our Reference: FOI.2020.11.515
Mrs N Cárdenas Blanco
What Do They Know
15 January 2021
Dear Mr Clarke Re: request for information under The Freedom of Information Act.
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Freedom of Information Request – Andrew Clarke
Your request for information reads:
could you please send me redacted minutes of Council meetings since the 26th
June 2019, which are the last ones available on the Birmingham University website.
The University of Birmingham responds:
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Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) if it holds the information being requested,
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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic The University of Birmingham is
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challenging circumstances. We are mindful that information requests place some
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Confirmed minutes of Council Meetings since 26th June 2019 are currently available
on the University of Birmingham’s website at https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/governance/council/index.aspx.
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Reasons for non-disclosure
Section 21 – Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information reasonably
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The information you have requested is available to the public on the University’s
website. Therefore, under Section 21 of the Act, the University has not provided this
information. More information about this exemption is available on the Information
Commissioner’s Office’s website. https://ico.org.uk/.
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