Pest control contract details

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Falcon Environmental

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please can I obtain a copy of the universities current pest control contract, the cost of the contract and when it is due for renewal.

Yours faithfully,

Falcon Environmental

BR-Freedom-of-Information, University of Nottingham

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Dear Falcon Environmental,

Thank you for your request for information regarding The University of
Nottingham’s Pest Control contract details. Your request was received
12^th November and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

We will respond to your request within twenty working days. Please note
this is calculated from the following working day from receipt of your
request. 

I hope that this is of help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you
have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely,

Jenni Dunne

Academic Services Division

Web:   www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...

Email: [1][University of Nottingham request email]

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Theresa Pollard, University of Nottingham

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Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing further to your request for information regarding the
University's pest control contract.

The current contract commenced on 1st August 2009 and is due for renewal
on 1st August 2013. We can confirm that we hold a copy of the contract
and

its' cost, but we believe that the information requested is exempt from
disclosure under Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act, as
disclosure would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of the
University. In considering your request, we have applied the public
interest test and have concluded that whilst there is some public interest
in disclosure, it is outweighed by the strong public interest in not doing
so. We believe that disclosure would be likely to work against the public
interest by inhibiting the University's ability as a `public authority' to
obtain value for money in this area of business.

In order to assist with your area of query, however, you may be interested
to know that the University procures services such as this via the
`In-tend' electronic tendering process. Please find attached a copy of the
previous tender document which outlines the scope of the pest control
contract and an illustrative bait plan.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled and
wish to request a review of our response or to make a complaint, please
see the attached information sheet.

I hope that this is of help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you
have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely,

Theresa Pollard

Academic Services Officer - Freedom of Information

Academic Services Division

Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...

Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

<<Tender Doc.docx>> <<FOI & ERI Complaints - Information Sheet.docx>>

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please can I obtain a copy of the universities current pest control

contract, the cost of the contract and when it is due for renewal.

Yours faithfully,

Falcon Environmental

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Falcon Environmental

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 University of Nottingham's handling of my FOI request 'Pest control contract details'.

The following has been taken from the Office of Government website (http://www.ogc.gov.uk/documents/FOI.pdf)... (Civil Procurement)

Policy and Guidance
Version 1.1

3 How the Act relates to procurement
3.1 How the Act in general applies The main features of the FOI Act as they apply to public procurement are:

• a general right of access to information about all public contracts and procurement activity held by public authorities, subject to certain conditions and exemptions;

• it applies to information which is held by another person on behalf of the authority (e.g. information or data held by an outsourcing partner);

• there is no requirement to have a particular status, such as being a losing bidder, to make a request and be given information;

• neither the identity of the requester, nor the use to which the information may be put, are grounds for withholding information (hence it is legitimate for one supplier to seek information on another purely for commercial purposes);

• it is retrospective in that it applies to all information which is ‘held’ by the public authority at the time a request is received and therefore also covers existing contracts and those which are completed;

• a requester may ask for an internal review of a decision to withhold information, and subsequently a requester’s right of appeal is to the Information Commissioner’s Office in the first instance.

I believe points 4 & 5 in particular show that I have made a legitimate request and should be provided with the financial information regarding these contracts.

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

Yours faithfully,

Falcon Environmental

BR-Freedom-of-Information, University of Nottingham

Dear Sir/Madam

The following is the result of our review of our original response to your
Freedom of Information request:

We have carried out a thorough review of our reasons for applying the
exemption, and have carefully considered your comments. The result of our
review is that we will not be changing our position on applying the
relevant exemption contained in s.43 of the Freedom of Information Act, as
disclosure of the information you have requested would be likely to
prejudice the commercial interests of the University. We have re-examined
our reasons for applying the exemption and our application of the public
interest test, and find that the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the interest in disclosure.

In addition to this exemption, we would like to state that the exemption
contained in s.41 of the Freedom of Information Act, relating to
information provided in confidence, also applies in this case to the
information you have requested relating to our current contact for pest
control. A breach of confidence would occur if we were to disclose such
information. There is an inherent public interest in maintaining the
principle of the duty of confidentiality which we believe applies in this
case.

The guidelines from the Office of Government website which you quote are
not issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, and therefore we
understand that we are not obliged to comment to them in any way.

If you are dissatisfied with the result of our review and wish to contact
the Information Commissioner’s Office, their contact details can be
found at: [1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/.

Best regards

Robert Dowling

Director

Academic Services Division

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