Birmingham City Council - overseas trips

Jenna Corderoy made this Freedom of Information request to Birmingham City Council

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act and relates to overseas trips.

From 01 January 2016 to the day this request is processed, I would like to know the number of overseas trips council officials have taken in the course of conducting council business.

For each overseas trip, please provide the following information:

- The date and duration of the overseas trip, as well as the country/city that was visited
- The full name, title and position of the council official who went on the overseas trip
- The reason or reasons why the council official went on the overseas trip
- The cost of the overseas trip (please provide a breakdown of travel costs, accommodation costs and expenses)
- Please state whether the council met the costs of the overseas trip, or whether an individual, group, company, consortium, charity or another organisation met the costs.
- Please provide the full name of the individual, group, company, charity or organisation that met the costs. If it is a group or consortium, please state who or what composes the group or consortium.

I would like to receive the information electronically. If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad or too vague, I would be grateful if you could contact me and provide assistance as to how I could refine the request.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Jenna Corderoy

FOI Mailbox, Birmingham City Council

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Dear Jenna Corderoy

Further to your request for information regarding:

From 01 January 2016 to the day this request is processed, I would like to
know the number of overseas trips council officials have taken in the
course of conducting council business.

For each overseas trip, please provide the following information:

- The date and duration of the overseas trip, as well as the country/city
that was visited
- The full name, title and position of the council official who went on
the overseas trip
- The reason or reasons why the council official went on the overseas trip
- The cost of the overseas trip (please provide a breakdown of travel
costs, accommodation costs and expenses)
- Please state whether the council met the costs of the overseas trip, or
whether an individual, group, company, consortium, charity or another
organisation met the costs.
- Please provide the full name of the individual, group, company, charity
or organisation that met the costs. If it is a group or consortium, please
state who or what composes the group or consortium.

Please see attached.

Please note that Birmingham City Council are very keen to make this
information available for public inspection. It is therefore placed on the
Birmingham City Council website quarterly as a report of the Council
Business Management Committee and the public, media and anyone else is
able to attend those meetings.

If you are not satisfied with the response you may ask for an internal
review please contact the corporate team at the address below:

Corporate Resources                                     
           PO Box 16366
           Birmingham
           B2 2YY
or
        [email address]

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cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure
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Yours sincerely

Corporate Information Governance Team

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Thank-you for your response.

Sorry, I can't seem to find information regarding overseas trips taken in 2017 (the timeframe was "01 January 2016 to the day this request is processed"). Is there a missing attachment? Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Corderoy

FOI Mailbox, Birmingham City Council

Dear Ms Corderoy

They are detailed in the schedules that have been sent to you and also on
the BCC website. The information sent to you is as up to date as possible
to April 2017. We report to Council Business Management Committee on a
quarterly basis. The next report is due in October 2017 when all the
relevant information will be made public and entered on the Birmingham
City Council website. Therefore this is exempt under section 22 of the
Freedom of Information Act as information intended for future publication.

Regards

Corporate Information Governance Team

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Thank-you for clarifying.

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Corderoy