Investments in security companies

Currently waiting for a response from University of Oxford, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Oxford University

This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Could you please provide the following pieces of information:

(1) A list of the University’s stocks and shares in the following companies (specifying how many shares are held and the approximate value of the shareholding):
a. G4S
b. Securitas
c. Mitie
d. VSG
e. OCS
f. Loomis
g. Advance Security
h. First Security(Guards) Limited (InterservePlc)
i. Wilson James Ltd.
j. SS Facility Services Limited
k. Corps Security Ltd
l. The Shield Guarding Co.
m. ICTS UK Ltd
n. Initial Facilities Services
o. TSS (Total Security Services)
p. Axis Security Ltd
q. Carlisle Security
r. Ultimate Security Services Ltd
s. Sodexo
t. Kingdom Security Ltd
u. CIS Security Ltd

(2) In the case of any indirectly held or fund-based investments, please provide an estimate of (i) what percentage of these investments are in security companies (ideally defined as the above companies) and (ii) how much this corresponds to.

If you are to invoke Section 43 to withhold information in relation to any of these questions please note you must provide details of the exact FOIA exemption, details of who would be prejudiced by this information, and a public interest test justifying a conclusion with arguments for and against the release of the information.

If you are to invoke Section 12 to withhold information in relation to any of these questions please provide details of how locating, retrieving and extracting this information would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Please also be aware of your duty under section 16 (1) of the Act to advise and assist me in narrowing my request to bring it within the appropriate limit.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

In its guidance the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said that the requirement to respond 'promptly' and the requirement to respond no later than 20 working days were to be considered as separate obligations. Public bodies should be able to justify why it took them as long as 20 days to respond to requests in cases where they do not act more promptly than that "long stop" deadline. I look forward to receiving your response in the next 20 working days.

Please confirm upon receipt of this email.

Warm wishes

Oliver Banks

FOI, University of Oxford

Dear Mr Banks,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.
Subject to any clarification required, the University will aim to reply to your request within the statutory deadline of 20 working days, starting from the day after receipt of your request. Please note that several University departments are under considerable strain because of pressures from the Covid-19 crisis. If your request involves one of these departments, we may find it difficult to respond by the statutory deadline. If we anticipate a delay, we will write to you nearer to the deadline to inform you of the position.
Yours sincerely,
FOI Oxford

Information Compliance Team
Vice Chancellor’s and Registrar’s Office |University of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD
T. 01865 270285

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