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Investments in security companies

Oliver Banks made this Freedom of Information request to University of Edinburgh

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Dear Edinburgh 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.

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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.

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Please confirm upon receipt of this email.

Warm wishes

Oliver Banks

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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recordsmanagement@ed.ac.uk,

Dear Oliver Banks

Thank you for your email of 12 November requesting information.

As explained in our acknowledgement message, the University's working
arrangements are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, I am
currently unable to tell you exactly when you will receive a response to
your request. However, I can confirm that it is actively being progressed
and that we are making all efforts to respond to your request promptly.
The [1]Scottish Information Commissioner's Office has issued a statement
about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find helpful.

If you are unhappy with the way the University has handled your request,
you do have the right to ask the University to conduct an internal review
of the reasons for the delay. The [2]Scottish Information Commissioner's
guidance about this during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on their
website. If you wish to submit a review request you should write to the
Records Management Section (using this email address), describing the
original request, explaining your grounds for dissatisfaction, and
including an address for correspondence. When the review process is
complete, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish
Information Commissioner's guidance on making an appeal to make an appeal
to the Commissioner.

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how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

Yours sincerely

Carl Emery

Records Management

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Dear Oliver Banks

Thank you for your email of 12 November requesting information. Please
find the University's response attached.

Yours sincerely

Carl Emery

Records Management Section
University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL

[1]https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management

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