The Request

Received on 30 June 2015

Please could you tell me how many Laptops, Mobile Phones and Tablets/iPads have been provided by your organisation to staff members as of 1st January 2015.


Our Response

Responded on 17 July 2015

Case Reference: FOI/2015/49

17 July 2015


Thank you for your request for information dated 30 June 2015 concerning the number of laptops, mobile phones and tablets provided, to staff in the UK, as of 1 January 2015. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold some, but not all, of the information you have requested.

Since 1 January 2015 British Council has provided staff in the UK with 154 mobile phones and 7 laptops. The figure for mobile phones includes all new connections and upgrades, handset only orders, temporary replacements (which will be/have been returned) and replacements under warranty. It does not include SIM only contracts.

We do not have a corporate service offering tablets therefore we do not hold any information for that part of your request.

I hope the information provided has been useful.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Information Security and Governance
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
M1 6BB

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Phone: 0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

Information Policy Advisor: FOI | Global Information Services