Formal Dinners

The request was refused by St Benet's Hall, Oxford.


Under the FOI Act 2000 I am writing to request the following information.

- The number of formal hall sittings & formal dinners that have taken place in your college since March 23, 2020.
- The menu for the most recent formal hall or dinner.
- The risk assessment for the first formal hall or dinner in each month between March 23, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

Yours faithfully,

Jake Hurfurt

St Benet's Hall Enquiries, St Benet's Hall, Oxford

Dear Jake,

As a Permanent Private Hall under the charitable trust of St Benet’s Hall, Registered Charity Number 1143350, we are not a public authority under the FOI Act 2000 and hence are not obliged to answer such requests.

Best wishes,


Natalie Garbett
Hall Administrator
St Benet’s Hall
38 St Giles’
01865 280556

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Dear Natalie,

I am not sure your interpretation of the law is correct. Under Paragraph 53(e), Schedule 1 of the FOI Act "any college, school, hall or other institution of a registered higher education provider which falls within paragraph (aa) or] a university which falls within paragraph (b)" is subject to the Act. Oxford University is one of those universities of paragraph b, and St Benet's is a hall of the university, making it subject to FOI.
Please look again at this.

Yours sincerely,

Jake Hurfurt