Liverpool Science Park Report

Julian Todd made this Freedom of Information request to Liverpool City Council

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Dear Liverpool City Council,

I note that during Item 61 of the meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, 7th October, 2011 9.00 a.m.[1] the attendees resolved to exclude the public from the following item of business in accordance with sub-section 4 of section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 and section 100(1) and paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 whose text makes no reference to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The following item of business (Item 62a), Liverpool Science Park (F&R/5), resolved that the nine recommendations set out in the report submitted be approved.

Please may I be provided with a copy of said report in order to know what exactly Liverpool City Council has just approved of concerning this brand new office building that has been paid for out of European money?

[1] http://councillors.liverpool.gov.uk/ieLi...

Yours faithfully,

Julian Todd

Jawahier Sharif Ali, Liverpool City Council

Dear Mr Todd,

Acknowledgement of your request for information.
Thank you for your recent correspondence requesting information from the
City Council.  Your request was received in our offices on
14^th November 2011 and, is being processed in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

The information you have requested can be summarised as follows:

I note that during Item 61 of the meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, 7^th
October, 2011 9.00 a.m.[1] the attendees resolved to exclude the public
from the following item of business in accordance with sub-section 4 of
section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 and section 100(1) and
paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 whose text
makes no reference to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The following item of business (Item 62a), Liverpool Science Park (F&R/5),
resolved that the nine recommendations set out in the report submitted be
approved.

Please may I be provided with a copy of said report in order to know what
exactly Liverpool City Council has just approved of concerning this brand
new office building that has been paid for out of European money?

If the above summary is incorrect or you wish to change any details, let
me know at the earliest opportunity.

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Regards 
Jawahier Sharif Ali (Fatima)
Information Officer
Legal Service
Liverpool City Council
Municipal Buildings
Dale Street,
Liverpool
L2 2DH
Tel: 0151 225 3132
Email: [1][email address].uk 
Website: [2]www.liverpool.gov.uk

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Kevin Symm, Liverpool City Council

Dear Mr Todd
I write regarding your recent request submitted under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 regarding the Liverpool Science Park
I can confirm I am in the final stages of drafting our response but I am
awaiting a final piece of information.
Hopefully, I will receive this today and send our response out
immediately.
I can confirm I am chasing the required information and will have our
response with you no later than the 16 December.
I trust this possible delay will not cause you too much inconvenience.
Regards,

Kevin Symm
Senior Information Officer
Legal Services
Liverpool City Council
Municipal Buildings
Dale Street
Liverpool
L2 2DH
TEL: 0151 225 3132
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Please find attached response
Regards,

Kevin Symm
Senior Information Officer
Legal Services
Liverpool City Council
Municipal Buildings
Dale Street
Liverpool
L2 2DH
TEL: 0151 225 3132
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Dear Kevin Symm,

Thank you for your response on 16 December 2011 to my FOI request on 14 November 2011 for details about the item of business concerning Liverpool Science Park from which the public was excluded.

I note that there have been a number of redactions from this document under Section 41 on the basis that full disclosure of the financial arrangements would constitute an actionable breach of confidentiality by "third parties".

In your letter you have not provided me with the identities of these "third parties". The disclosed information states:

"Liverpool Science Park was established in 2003 as a partnership between the City Council, University of Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moores University, and operates through a company limited by guarantee."

Can you confirm that the third parties you referred to in your response, who supplied this information "in confidence" and would take legal action against the Council were this confidence breached, are in fact three public authorities -- two universities and the council itself?

Can you also confirm that the money invested in this development comes 100% from public funds via ERDF and NWDA?

I believe the handling of this information under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 is irrelevant in this matter as the FOI Act makes no reference to this act.

In case the redactions continue to be sustained under Section 43 (Commercial interests), I would like to point out that is in the public interest to understand the process for which government grants for the purpose of supporting the Knowledge Economy routinely emerge as healthy profits for construction companies. One of the reasons the Knowledge Economy is so weak in this city is the fact that the Council has locked up a billion pounds of business it could have been procuring locally in its contract with BT. But that, as you know, is another story.

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews to reconsider these redactions.

Yours faithfully,

Julian Todd

Andrea Glanville, Liverpool City Council

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Dear Mr Todd
Please find attached my response to your request for an internal review.
Regards
A Glanville
Information Manger

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