Mayor's meeting with co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry

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Dear Bristol City Council,

The Mayor's diary for 21st January 2019 indicates:
15.45 Travel to London
18.15 Attend dinner with co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry re. Bristol and US trade relations
20.15 Travel to Bristol

Please can you provide me with all email and other correspondence, together with any agenda and notes made, in relation to this dinner.

Please can you also provide a breakdown of the costs incurred. If the travel, dinner and other costs were not funded by Bristol City Council, was this declared in the Mayor's "gifts and hospitality" record, and what was the amount?

Please can you also tell me what "Bristol and US trade relations" were discussed between the Mayor and the co-founder of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.

Yours faithfully,

S Thomas

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Dear S Thomas
Thank you for submitting your Public Information Request dated 12/04/2019. Your unique reference for this case is CRN00222520 , please use should you need to get in touch with us in the future. 
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You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 12/04/2019

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Dear "Customer Relations Team" <[email address]>,

Thank you for your partial response to my inquiry.
However, I would be grateful if you would respond to the following points:
- I am concerned about the amount of redaction and would ask you to only redact what is absolutely necessary. For example, is it really necessary to redact the name of the co-founder of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry who met with the Mayor on 21st January to discuss Bristol-US trade relations which are of public interest. There are only two co-founders of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, and a simple Google search shows that Kris Vallotton was speaking at a breakfast event in Westminster on 22nd January 2019.
- For clarification, I would be grateful if you would confirm who did attend the dinner, both from the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry and the Mayor's office including whether Kevin Slocombe was in attendance.
- Please can you confirm whether any documents, reports or plans (draft or otherwise) were discussed at the meeting and, if so, provide copies.
- You have not provided any information following this dinner. Please provide all relevant emails, notes, action points, reports etc arising from this dinner meeting. At the very least I would have thought there might be a 'thank you' email if someone paid for the Mayor's dinner?
- Please can you clarify what is meant by "The cost of the train tickets booked by the Mayor’s Office has been reclaimed". Who reclaimed these costs and from whom? If there is any correspondence relating to this, please provide it.
I hope you are able to respond to these points in a timely manner, but if you are unable to do so I will seek an internal review.
Thank you for your help with this matter.
Yours sincerely,
S Thomas

"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 12/04/2019

Your request number is CRN00222520

Our reply to your request is:  

 1. I am concerned about the amount of redaction and would ask you to
only redact what is absolutely necessary. For example, is it
really necessary to redact the name of the co-founder of the
Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry who met with the Mayor on
21st January to discuss Bristol-US trade relations which are of
public interest. There are only two co-founders of the Bethel
School of Supernatural Ministry, and a simple Google search shows
that Kris Vallotton was speaking at a breakfast event in
Westminster on 22nd January 2019.

 
Names and contact details of individuals below third tier management
at Bristol City Council and external to the council were redacted as
per the usual approach.
 

 1. For clarification, I would be grateful if you would confirm who
did attend the dinner, both from the Bethel School of
Supernatural Ministry and the Mayor's office including whether
Kevin Slocombe was in attendance.

 
Attendees were the Mayor and the Co-Founder of the Bethel School of
Supernatural Ministry.
 

 1. Please can you confirm whether any documents, reports or plans
(draft or otherwise) were discussed at the meeting and, if so,
provide copies.

 
Bristol City Council does not hold this information.
 

 1. You have not provided any information following this dinner.
Please provide all relevant emails, notes, action points, reports
etc arising from this dinner meeting. At the very least I would
have thought there might be a 'thank you' email if someone paid
for the Mayor's dinner?

 
All relevant correspondence was provided in the original response.
The Council does not hold any notes, action points or reports in
relation to this appointment. This was an informal meeting with a
personal contact.
 

 1. Please can you clarify what is meant by "The cost of the train
tickets booked by the Mayor’s Office has been reclaimed". Who
reclaimed these costs and from whom? If there is any
correspondence relating to this, please provide it.

 
The cost of the train tickets (£66.10) was reclaimed by the Mayor's
Office from the Mayor's salary (technically called an allowance, as
the Mayor is not an employee of Bristol City Council) via usual HR
processes.
 
Correspondence relating to reclaiming the cost of the ticket from the
Mayor's allowance through HR is withheld on the basis of it
constituting personal data. 
 
 

This response should answer your request in full.

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Write to: Customer Relations (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS

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