The Request

Received on 21 June 2016

This is a Freedom of Information request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please could you provide me with information about your ICT expenditure, as broken down in the attached template? I have included this template in order to make it easier for you to understand my requirements and provide answers.

I appreciate that you may publish contracts and transparency data, but I was unable to find the information to the level of detail I require in publish sources.

Within the response, please include:
  * Expenditure from all parts of your organisation (central services and business units);
  * As well as your own organisation, expenditure for any subsidiary organisations that fall within the scope of your accounts; and
  * Both revenue (or operating) expenditure and capital expenditure

If you could input the answers in this template and return to me by email as an attachment, this would be much appreciated.

I can see that limiting my request to information about your UK operations may be best for both parties. Are you able to respond on this basis?

If you have any questions regarding my request, please do not hesitate to send these to me by email. Thank you for your assistance, and I look forward to your response.

Yours Sincerely,


Our Response

Responded on 19 July 2016

Case Reference: FOI/2016/41

19 July 2016


Thank you for your request for information dated 21 June 2016 concerning ICT expenditure. 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.

Please find attached the excel spread sheet, which has been completed as requested. We have tried to provide you with the global figures where possible.

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:

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)
Information Governance and Risk Management
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