Dear Bristol City Council,
I wish to see any Bristol Energy viability report(s) that the council may hold.
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Dear Frank Church
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Request has been received on : 02/03/2018.
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You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 02/03/2018
Your request number is CRN00157952
Dear Mr Church,
Apologies for the delay in responding to your FOI request.
The council hold two reports which match your description of ‘Bristol
Energy viability report (s)’.
The first is a due diligence report undertaken by PwC in 2015.
The second is a review and options report undertaken by Deloitte LLP
These requested reports are considered to constitute a trade secret
and therefore s.43(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
is engaged and the information is being withheld. The basis for this
being considered as a trade secret is that it is a business secret
that it is fundamental to the direction that has been and continues
to be taken by Bristol Energy. This would be of significant interest
to competitors and its disclosure would weaken Bristol Energy’s
Furthermore, disclosure would be likely to prejudice the commercial
interests of both the Council and Bristol Energy and thereby engages
s.43(2) FOIA. This is not information that other energy companies
would put into the public domain and the disclosure of this
information to competitors would put Bristol Energy at a competitive
disadvantage. 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.
Bristol City Council
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