Received on 4 August 2017
Sent: 04 August 2017 13:16
Subject: FOI request
Dear British Council,
I have the following FOI request:
1. Please provide a break-down of the number of British Council staff in the UK, Canada, China and India. If possible, please break it down by employees and freelancers/contractors. If possible, also please break it down by pay band. I’ve attached an excel file with tables.
2. If available, please also provide an organization chart for the UK, Canada, China and India
Responded on 6 September 2017
Sent: 06 September 2017 14:16
Subject: RE: FOI request (FOI_2017_55)
Case Reference: FOI_2017_55
6 September 2017
Thank you for your request for information dated 4 August 2017 concerning the number of British Council staff in the UK, Canada, China and India and organisational charts for these countries. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.
Please find attached the excel spread sheet you provided, which we have now completed. I have also attached British Council organograms for UK, Canada, China and India.
Please note that we are withholding some information from within the attached organograms as the exemption under section 40 (Personal data) sub-section (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies.
Section 40(2) allows a public authority to withhold information relating to third parties if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOIA disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle contained in the Data Protection Act (DPA), where it would be unfair to that person or if it is confidential.
We do not think it would be fair to disclose the names and photographs of the junior staff members.
Section 40 is an absolute exemption therefore is not subject to the public interest test.
I hope the information provided has been useful.
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