Dear Christ Church, Oxford,

a) What is the amount of money spent by Christ Church on the action against the Dean , including legal fees, tribunal costs , expert advice ( legal and otherwise) , Public Relations expenditure, and any other related spend.

b) How was this expenditure authorised?
Please provide minutes of meetings referring to this expenditure.

as House Members we are concerned that our (and others) donations to the college have been mis-spent, and that given the fact that Christ Church has charitable status , this expenditure is in breach of charity commission rules .

Yours faithfully,
Alan Fox
Charles Kingsley-Evans

Alan Fox left an annotation ()

REFUSAL FROM CHRIST CHURCH
We have received a refusal of our request , based on ss41 and 43 of the FoI code, namely confidentiality over-rides public interest. We have requested an internal review

Alan Fox left an annotation ()

Here is the request for review within Christ Church>
Dear Mr Watson,
We are writing to ask for an internal review of the response received from James Lawrie on 26th May 2020 to our request, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for information about expenditure by Christ Church on the action against the Dean. We are not satisfied with that response.
We do not believe that Mr Lawrie is a fit and proper person to respond to this request, firstly because he must have authorised all such payments in his capacity as Treasurer, but also because of his central role in the action against the Dean. He therefore has a vested interest in this matter. Mr Lawrie has not given any satisfactory reasons for this refusal, merely his subjective decision about the public interest in the disclosure of information. Our considered view is that he has misapplied or misunderstood the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It also seems to us that he had decided in advance to refuse this request without good reason.
This request relates to the expenditure as a whole and does not concern payments to any individual professionals or firms. We are not seeking details of any contractual arrangements with third parties and the claim of confidentiality does not therefore apply. It seems clear that this extraordinary expenditure, which we believe runs into seven figures, has been concealed within the 2018-2019 Annual Report and Financial Statements, suggesting a degree of negligence or impropriety which may legitimately be called into question. Our request for minutes covering the authorisation of this expenditure is relevant, as it concerns the probity of financial processes at Christ Church, a Registered Charity many of whose members are gravely concerned about the current sutuation.
If we do not receive a satisfactory response within 30 days, we shall not hesitate to refer this matter to the Information Commissioner. We still hope that will not be necessary.

Dear Christ Church, Oxford,
We note your response declining our request. We then submitted a request for an internal review of that decision, asking for a reply within 30 days. That period will have expired on 4th July , when we will refer the matter to the information commissioner.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Fox , Charles Kingsley-Evans

Special James Lawrie, Christ Church, Oxford

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Dear Sirs

I attach a letter from Christ Church.

yours

James Lawrie

Dear Special James Lawrie,
Thank you for the latest response. May I ask to what period the £1,187,445 and 11 pence covers?

Yours sincerely,

Alan Fox

James Lawrie, Christ Church, Oxford

Dear Mr Fox
Thank you for your email dated 6 April 2021. The period covered is that
envisioned under your Freedom of Information Act request i.e. up to 27
April 2020.
yours
James Lawrie

Dear James Lawrie,
Thank you for the clarification. I the light of your new openness , may I ask for expenditure on this matter for the current year ie 20-21 , or should i raise a new FoI request?

Yours sincerely,

Alan Fox

James Lawrie, Christ Church, Oxford

I am away till 12 April but will review my emails intermittently

James Lawrie, Christ Church, Oxford

Dear Mr Fox

Thanks for your email. Please submit another request should you seek further information from Christ Church.

with best wishes

James Lawrie