Dear Sir or Madam,

1. Please indicate any work carried out for London City Airport, including that of ANY of their agents e.g. York Aviation.

2. Please indicate the fees, income and any other associated finance to any such items.

3. Please provide the financial reports for Knowledge Dock for years: 2006, 2007, 2008

Yours sincerely

A-M Griffin

Dear Sir or Madam,

You have failed to respond to my FOI request in the time set out in law. Could you please provide the reasons why you have broken the law and failed to respond? This is a serious breach of FOI law.

I now wish this to go to an internal review, and failing this I will pursue this to the Information Commissioner. I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

A-M Griffin

Rob Moss,

Thank you for your email. I am out of the office now until Monday 6th July
2009.

If you need a reply before this time please call the Knowledge Dock office on
020 8223 3301 (ask for Stacey Holt) or send an email to
[Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited request email].

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Rob

Martin Chan,

Dear A-M Griffin

Can you please forward me your original email request for the information
that you have outlined in your subject title. Can you also confirm which
email address you sent your original request to?

Upon receipt of this I will be able to investigate this matter further.

Best Regards

Martin Chan
Knowledge Dock - Communications Manager
DD: +44 20 8223 7190
Fax: +44 20 8223 3327
Email: [email address]
www.knowledgedock.com

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Dear Martin Chan,

The email is on this site, whatdotheyknow.com. I am assuming that as you received the request for an internal review, that whichever email that arrived in my original request also went to.

You can see the full audit trail on whatdotheknow.com where this message is displayed and sent from. ( I would think there is a link on the email you receive) However here are the questions, as you requested:

Dear Sir or Madam,

1. Please indicate any work carried out for London City Airport,
including that of ANY of their agents e.g. York Aviation.

2. Please indicate the fees, income and any other associated
finance to any such items.

3. Please provide the financial reports for Knowledge Dock for
years: 2006, 2007, 2008

Yours sincerely

A-M Griffin

Yours sincerely,

A-M Griffin

Martin Chan,

Dear A M Griffin

The email you sent on the 1st July was forwarded to me by a colleague. She is
on annual leave from today. Given the urgency of your email I did not want to
wait until she returned before replying to your enquiry. Unfortunately the
email does not identify where your original request was sent to, this will
help me identify who the original email was sent to and provide me with a
audit trail to identify what steps were taken to address your enquiry.

Thank you for sending me the contents of your original email. I will now
investigate this matter and aim to respond to you within 3 working days.

Regards

Martin

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Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited

Dear A M Griffin

As you can see from the email below, a response was made on the 30th April to
your oringial enquiry on the 23rd April.

Yours sincerely

[Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited request email]

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please do not refer me to a completely different FOI request that was made to you in April. This current request is completely different, as you will see by the questions I have re-sent/forwarded to you. FOI requests should be dealt with as a priority, and within the 30 days.

Your colleague is away now, but has she been for the past 30 days? This requires an internal review. I await the response to the current FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

A-M Griffin

Karen Wilton,

I am currently out of office and will return on Monday 13th July 2009. If it
is an urgent matter regarding a booking please ring 0208 223 3301 and ask for
Toni. You can email her on [email address].

Best wishes

karen

Dear Sir or Madam,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited's handling of my FOI request 'London City Airport -'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/lo...

Yours faithfully,

A-M Griffin

"info@knowledgedock.com", Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited

Dear A M Griffin

Thank you for your request dated 6 July asking for a review of your inquiry
to Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited submitted under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. The University of East London and Knowledge Dock (UEL) limited
are entirely separate legal entities. The University of East London is a
Higher Education Corporation and, as a publicly funded institution, comes
under the remit of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Knowledge Dock
(UEL) Limited is an entirely separate legal entity: it is not a publicly
funded institution, but a limited company registered under the companies
acts and, as such, lies outside the remit of the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited makes some information about its activities
publicly available through a range of media, such as its web site pages, but
its activities are commercially sensitive and what information the Company
does choose to publish is entirely at the Company's discretion.

Regards

Rob Moss
Managing Director - Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited

Dear Rob Moss

Please see the paragraph beneath:

According to UEL's Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2008 (<http://www.uel.ac.uk/financialservices/s...>, page 31), both of the shares in Knowledge Dock (UEL) Ltd are owned by UEL. This makes Knowledge Dock (UEL) Ltd a publicly-owned company under section 6 of the FOIA and hence a public authority for FOI purposes.

It appears that Knowledge Dock is indeed covered by the freedom of information act on this basis. Please explain why you believe it is not. I am however happy to pursue this information, based on the above paragraph, to the information commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

A-M Griffin

Antonietta Veritiero,

Hi

I am out of the office thia fternoon. If your query is urgent please contact
Knowledge Dock on 020 8223 3301.

Regards
Toni Oxby

"info@knowledgedock.com", Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited

Dear A-M Griffin

The following is in response to your questions dated 31st May and resent on
the 2nd July;

1. We have no records of contracts, or agreements, commissioning work,
either paid or unpaid, in which London City Airport and Knowledge Dock (UEL)
Ltd have been parties. We are also satisfied that we have had no similar
contracts, or agreements, with third parties identifying themselves as
agents of London City Airport.

As previously advised to you, Knowledge Dock (UEL) Ltd entered into a
consultancy contract with York Aviation. We accept that third parties (in
this case York Aviation) may have contracts or agreements with London City
Airport in which work carried out by our University is passed on, but not
being parties to such contracts or agreements ourselves we have no record of
them.

2. The contract with York Aviation is a commercial matter and consequently
any fees, income or associated finance are commercially sensitive and
therefore exempt under section 43.

3. The Financial Reports up to the 31st July 2008 are a matter of public
record available from Companies House and therefore we claim exemption under
section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act.

Regards

Rob Moss
Managing Director – Knowledge Dock (UEL) Ltd

"info@knowledgedock.com", Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited

Dear A-M Griffin

Please note that point 3 relates to section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act
and not section 43 as stated in the previous email.

Regards

Rob Moss
Managing Director - Knowledge Dock (UEL) Ltd

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Ben Harris left an annotation ()

It looks like Knowledge Dock haven't quite got the hang of this FOI business, and their refusal notice fails to conform with section 17 of FOIA in the following ways:

It doesn't contain an explanation, required under section 17(3)(b), of why the public interest in disclosing the fees or income is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the section 43 exemption.

It doesn't contain the particulars, required under section 17(7), of Knowledge Dock's complaints procedure (or lack thereof) and and of the right to complain to the Information Commissioner.

A-M Griffin left an annotation ()

As the Director of Knowledge Dock appears not to want to follow the FOI Act, despite repeated requests for internal reviews, I have now submitted a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner.

Thank you Ben for your assistance and advice, it has been invaluable.

Ben Harris left an annotation ()

UEL have made reference to this request in their internal review response over on another request:
<http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/wo...>

Freedom Info,

Dear Ms. Griffin,

We have been asked by the Information Commissioner to review our decision in
relation to your Freedom of Information Request to Knowledge Dock (UEL)
Limited in the light of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. In
accordance with the Information Commissioner's request we are writing to
inform you that we have now carried out that review.

We claimed exemption under section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act in
relation to your request for copies of documentation relating to a contract
drawn up between York Aviation Limited and Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited
(formerly University of East London Business Services), on the grounds that
the information being requested was commercially sensitive.

Having reviewed that decision under the Environmental Information Regulations
2004 we are satisfied that there are no grounds upon which we should change
that decision. We claim exemption under Section 12, Subsection 5, Paragraph
(e) of the Regulations ('a public authority may refuse to disclose
information to the extent that its disclosure would adversely affect ... the
confidentiality of commercial or industrial information where such
confidentiality is provided by law to protect a legitimate economic
interest').

The contract between York Aviation Limited and Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited
was a wholly commercial contract, which did not involve the investment of any
public funds in its delivery by either of the two parties involved in the
contract. Under section 11 of the contract, permission for the publication
of relevant material emanating from the contract in relevant academic
publications was not unreasonably withheld. We have already informed you
that the results of the work carried out under the contract are already in
the public domain, having been passed on by York Aviation to London City
Airport, which has published the results on its web site as part of the
London City Airport Master Plan
(http://www.londoncityairport.com/Downloa...).

Having reviewed the contract documentation, although we believe that our
refusal to disclose this information was reasonable, taking into account that
the contract was dated 1 April 2005 and is no longer current, and does not
contain, or make reference to, any financial data that we would view as being
financially sensitive, in the interests of openness and transparency we would
not wish to oppose its disclosure if the Information Commissioner takes the
view that it would be unreasonable of us to withhold it. If you would care
to provide us with an address to which a copy of the contract can be sent we
will provide a copy.

So far as the financial data is concerned, however, we do believe that we are
justified in withholding its disclosure on the grounds of commercial
sensitivity. The financial terms and conditions of the contract for the
delivery of this work was the outcome of confidential negotiations with the
other party to the contract. Disclosure of the cost and pricing information
and its entry into the public domain could adversely influence our ability to
negotiate future contracts at the best commercial advantage. It is also
quite possible that our commercial partner, York Aviation, would also take
the view that disclosure would be prejudicial to their interests on the
grounds that they too might be disadvantaged in being able to negotiate terms
with future prospective commercial partners at best possible advantage.

The second exemption that we claimed was under section 21 of the Freedom of
Information Act in relation to the disclosure of financial reports relating
to Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited that were a matter of public record and
lodged with Companies House. As Knowledge Dock (UEL) Limited is a closed
company with a very small number of shareholders, we do not print or publish
accounts for circulation to shareholders, etc. Once the draft accounts have
been presented to the Annual General Meeting of the Company, they are agreed
and a copy is signed off and sent to be lodged at Companies House. Although
we retain accounting data to meet our statutory obligations in relation to
such things as internal and external audit, once the approved accounts have
been lodged at Companies House we do not keep copies.

Yours sincerely,

foi @uel.ac.uk

University of East London

4-6 University Way

London

E16 2RD

A-M Griffin left an annotation ()

This request is still in the hands of the Information Commissioner as a full release of information is sought under the environmental act. UEL wish to withold financial details. However a previous high court judgement set a precedent in such cases just recently and the IC has been asked to consider this.

A-M Griffin left an annotation ()

25th January 2010

Case Reference Number FS50264401

Dear Ms Griffin,

Further to my recent email I am pleased to inform you that I have had a positive response from the public authority. I have copied and pasted the response I have received and am providing the following information on behalf of the public authority:

“……As discussed, I am pleased to say that York Aviation have provided a positive response to our request and have authorised us to release the sum total of the fee paid by them to us for the work that we contracted to undertake in relation to London City Airport. That figure was £43,694.72 inclusive of VAT.

In disclosing this figure we wish it to be made clear that we are satisfied that our original decision not to disclose any financial information relating to the contract between York Aviation and ourselves, including the figure now disclosed above, on the grounds that it was commercially sensitive and thus exempt from disclosure under the relevant sections of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, was reasonable and appropriate. To the best of our knowledge and belief, the Information Commissioner has not challenged that decision. Disclosure of the information contained in the above paragraph is now made following the permission to disclose granted to us by York Aviation. We do not recognise such disclosure as creating a precedent for disclosure of any other confidential, or privileged information, either now, or in the future, where we are satisfied that appropriate exemptions prevail under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note that the permission granted to us by York Aviation relates solely to disclosure of the fee paid by them to us under the contract and consequently we are unable to disclose any other confidential data (including any subdivision, or breakdown of the overall fee)……”

Additionally, the public authority had previously agreed to send you a hard copy of the contract as per its email dated 28/10/09 – a copy of which is attached.

The above actions satisfy the outstanding elements of your complaint. Your case will therefore be closed as the information has now been provided to you there is no further action which the Commissioner can take in respect of your complaint. I hope you will agree that this is a satisfactory outcome in this case.

Yours sincerely

Arleen Lennard

Complaints Officer

Information Commissioner’s Office

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