I am writing in response to your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, copied below.
Our response is as follows:
All correspondence to and from Nancy Rothwell’s office including the words “BAE Systems”
The partnership agreement between the University of Manchester and BAE Systems.
Please find a copy of this attached, with some redactions as noted below.
All future dates of recruitment fairs where BAE Systems will be attending
Attendees for the next round of University recruitment fairs are not yet known, so the University does not hold this information.
We have redacted two sections of the attached Partnership Agreement between the University of Manchester and BAE Systems. These sections are Clause 7 of Schedule 3 to Appendix A and Clause 5 to Appendix B. Both of these clauses concern the intellectual property arrangements between the University and BAE Systems. In redacting this information we have consulted with BAE Systems, and are relying on the following exemptions within the Freedom of Information Act:
S.43(2) “Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it).” BAE systems believes that the information contained within these clauses would be of benefit to a competitor within the highly competitive market within which they operate. Similarly The University believes that access to this information would be likely to prejudice its commercial interests in relation to other HE institutions in the similarly highly competitive market for research funding.
The University feels that it is in the public interest that research partnerships between higher education institutions and private organisations are not prejudiced in such a fashion, as much valuable research results from such partnerships.
S.41 “Information is exempt information if— (a)it was obtained by the public authority from any other person (including another public authority), and (b)the disclosure of the information to the public (otherwise than under this Act) by the public authority holding it would constitute a breach of confidence actionable by that or any other person.”
BAE Systems believes that the two redacted clauses contain information which was provided by it to the University of Manchester under an expectation of confidentiality.
If you wish to appeal against these redactions please contact me using the details below.