Dear London School of Economics,
This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, which partially relates to a recent report by the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Please provide the following information:
(1) All internal correspondence and communications that the Vice-Chancellor may have received that mentions, or refers to, the Chinese embassy.
(2) All internal correspondence and communications that the Vice-Chancellor may have received that mentions, or refers to, the Chinese government.
(3) All external correspondence and communications held by the Vice-Chancellor that mentions, or refers to, the Chinese embassy. I would expect this to include any correspondence and communications between the Vice-Chancellor and the Chinese embassy.
(4) All external correspondence and communications held by the Vice-Chancellor that mentions, or refers to, the Chinese government.
As for a timeframe, please search your records from 1st January 2019 to the current day.
By ‘correspondence and communications’, I define this as including, but not limited to, the following:
- Emails (and their attachments)
- Research documents
- Presentation slides
- Notes taken during telephone conversations
- Minutes/notes taken during meetings
I would like to receive this information in an electronic format. If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, I would be grateful if you could contact me and provide assistance as to how I can refine the request. If you need any clarification, please contact me. I look forward to receiving a response in 20 working days. Many thanks.
With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, I am writing to inform you that we have exempted some of the material that relates to your request. The following exemptions have been applied:
• Exemption No 40(2). We have used this exemption because to release it would breach the data protection principles, in particular fairness. For example, in the attached we have redacted the name and other details relating to a student as they would not expect that we would release this information about them. The other material this has been applied to would also not be fair to release.
• Exemption No 43(2). We have used this exemption because of the likelihood of commercial harm to the School and third parties should the information be released at this point in time. This exemption is subject to the public interest test, however, in applying the test the School's ability to protect both its and a third party's commercial positions and thereby determine that we have as much funding as possible for our core programmes of teaching and research was found to outweigh the public interest in the particular information we have withheld.
However, should you wish to appeal the decision, put your appeal in writing to Louise Nadal, School Secretary, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. We will then review the response to your request and get back to you within 20 working days. You can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office http://www.ico.gov.uk/, though they expect the internal review to be carried out before receiving a complaint directly
The other information you requested is enclosed. If you think that the information provided does not match your request, contact us as detailed above.
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Information and Records Manager
London School of Economics
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