FOI/2015/06

The Request

Received on 3 February 2015

I have heard that British Council, a registered charity in England, is already undertaking the process a business transition in India to a private limited copany status for part of your operations by April 2015.

I would like the following information related to this proposed business transition under the U.K. Freedom of Information Act, 2000:

1. What all parts of the British Council India are becoming part of this private limited company? What are the parts being excluded from this and why?

2. What is the name of this new private limited company being created? Where and when will it be registered? What is its registration number in India?
Date of commencement of operations in India? Registered address?

3. Who are the board of directors of this new private limited company? Names of the directors, CEO, organisation structure?

4. Would this new private limited company have a PAN registration of the Income tax department in India? What is the PAN number?

5. One would hope and expect that this company would be compliant with laws in India, such as, Service Tax -- (Chapter V of Finance Act of 1994), Income Tax Act of 1961, Central Sales Tax Act of 1956, Indian Stamp Act of 1899, Foreign Exchange Management Act of 1999, to cite a few laws.
Could you please provide the registration numbers of service tax, sales tax, VAT?

6. Who is/are the owner/s of this private limited company? Shareholders names and shareholding break up details?

Our Response

Responded on 2 March 2015

Case Reference: IKM/FOI/2015/06

2 March 2015

Dear

Thank you for your request for information dated 3 February 2015 concerning the undertaking of a business transition in BC India. 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.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your questions below in bold and have provided our response beneath each question.

I have heard that British Council, a registered charity in England, is already undertaking the process a business transition in India to a private limited company status for part of your operations by April 2015.

I would like the following information related to this proposed business transition under the U.K. Freedom of Information Act, 2000:

1. What all parts of the British Council India are becoming part of this private limited company? What are the parts being excluded from this and why?

The existing company BCT Events and Promotions India Limited has had its name changed to BC Examinations and English Services India Private Limited. It will continue to undertake similar work as well as providing exams services and some other activities.

Please find attached the change of name certificate.

2. What is the name of this new private limited company being created? Where and when will it be registered? What is its registration number in India?
Date of commencement of operations in India? Registered address?

3. Who are the board of directors of this new private limited company? Names of the directors, CEO, organisation structure?

4. Would this new private limited company have a PAN registration of the Income tax department in India? What is the PAN number?

5. One would hope and expect that this company would be compliant with laws in India, such as, Service Tax -- (Chapter V of Finance Act of 1994), Income Tax Act of 1961, Central Sales Tax Act of 1956, Indian Stamp Act of 1899, Foreign Exchange Management Act of 1999, to cite a few laws.
Could you please provide the registration numbers of service tax, sales tax, VAT?

6. Who is/are the owner/s of this private limited company? Shareholders names and shareholding break up details?

In respect of questions 2-6, there is no new private limited company therefore no information is held. As explained in response to question one the existing company is BCTEP.

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
Manchester
M1 6BB
Email: foi@britishcouncil.org

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
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113
Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Information Policy Advisor: FOI | Information Security & Governance

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