Dear UK Research and Innovation,

How much public money was spent on legal services used by UKRI or its subsidiary the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to contest the classification of Catapult Centres as public sector bodies by the ONS?

Yours faithfully,

C. Waters

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Dear Ms Waters,

 

Reference: 2019/0199 IUK

 

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Dear Ms Waters

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request,
our reference UKRI 2019/0199 IUK.

 

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Dear UKRI FOI Requests,

Thank you for your response.

I do not believe that you are correct in stating that no public money was sent contesting this classification, because Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is a public body (public money) and is answerable to and under the direction of UKRI (public money) .

Information released by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult under a separate FOI request whilst heavily redacted to the point of being almost completely unuseable does clearly indicate that people sending emails and arranging meetings with innovate UK email addresses/signatures spent a considerable amount of time and effort around a period in early 2019 engaging with the Catapult and the ONS and would suggest that the classification determined by ONS was not something which either innovate UK / UKRI or the offshore renewable energy catapult simply accepted and moved on.

As such I would like to state again that even with only limited understanding made available by FOI it is clear that considerable effort was expended by both organisations in debating the classification. As such I do not believe that you do not hold the information as you claim.

Yours sincerely,

C. Waters

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Dear C Waters,  

UKRI Reference:  2019/0199

We can confirm that we have received your request for an internal review
of your freedom of Information request 2019/0199.

Your request will be handled, and response will be provided within 20
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Dear UKRI FOI Requests,

 

Thank you for your response.

 

I do not believe that you are correct in stating that no public money was
sent contesting this classification, because Offshore Renewable Energy
Catapult is a public body (public money) and is answerable to and under
the direction of UKRI (public money) .

 

Information released by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult under a
separate FOI request whilst heavily redacted to the point of being almost
completely unuseable does clearly indicate that people sending emails and
arranging meetings with innovate UK email addresses/signatures spent a
considerable amount of time and effort around a period in early 2019
engaging with the Catapult and the ONS and would suggest that the
classification determined by ONS was not something which either innovate
UK / UKRI or the offshore renewable energy catapult simply accepted and
moved on.

 

As such I would like to state again that even with only limited
understanding made available by FOI it is clear that considerable effort
was expended by both organisations in debating the classification. As such
I do not believe that you do not hold the information as you claim.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

C. Waters

 

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Dear Ms Waters

Please find attached our response to your request for an Internal Review
of Freedom of Information request UKRI 2019/0199 IUK.

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

UKRI Information Governance
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