Academic and Financial Relationships with the Arms Trade

The request was refused by University of Cambridge.

Samuel Robinson

Dear University of Cambridge,

I am writing to request information on the investments, financial relationships the university holds in the arms trade (specifically, but not limited to BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, GKN, Smiths Group, Cobham, VT Group, General Dynamics, General Electric, Halliburton, L3 Communications, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, Thales and Qinetiq). Please include the following information:

1) The total amount, in pounds sterling, that the university has
received in the form of industrial consultancy and industrial
research fees from the Ministry of Defence over the last five
financial years. Details should be broken down, year-by-year for
the last five financial years.

2) A portfolio statement for the fund(s) our university
has investments in. If you do not have a copy of this, please send
me a list of the names of the fund(s) and the corresponding
management companies. Details should be broken down, year-by-year
for the last five financial years.

3) Please also confirm if any shares are held in arms trade companies
as part of a pension fund or endowment, either directly or
indirectly through an externally managed fund. Details should be
broken down, year-by-year for the last five financial years.

I would wholeheartedly encourage the university to adopt an ethical investment policy that excludes the arms trade, and would appreciate it if you could tell me if this is something that the university is working towards.

Yours faithfully,

Samuel Robinson

FOI, University of Cambridge

Dear Mr Robinson,

The text of your below request is identical to the text of a request you sent one minute earlier under the title "Freedom of Information request - Investments and Financial Relationships with the Arms Trade" and already acknowledged by us under our reference FOI-2015-149. We will therefore not also respond to the below request.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
Registrary's Office, The Old Schools
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN
T: (01223 7)64142
F: (01223 3)32332
E: [email address]

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