Introduction to Corpus Developments Ltd

Welcome to the Corpus Christi Developments Ltd publication scheme. This has been produced under section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It aims to help you find information about the Company easily and quickly.

1. Legal requirement

1.1 Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all ‘public authorities’ to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.

1.2 ‘Public authorities’ are defined in the Act and includes companies wholly owned by universities, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.

2. What is a publication scheme?

2.1 A publication scheme is a document which describes the information a public authority publishes, or intends to publish. In this context, ‘publish’ means to make information available, routinely. These descriptions are called ‘classes of information’. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, the public authority’s commitment to make available the information described.

2.2 A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories, of information published. It must also make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.

3. Who we are

3.1 Corpus Christi Developments Ltd is a private company limited by shares (Company Number 4998564), incorporated on the 18 December 2003. The Company is wholly owned by Corpus Christi College and its publication scheme should be read in the context of the Corpus Christi College publication scheme, available from The College Freedom of Information Officer, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, CB2 1RH. Telephone 01223 338000, e-mail

4. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme

4.1 The classes of information we publish are described in the second part of the scheme.

4.2 Next to each class we have indicated the manner in which the information described will be available. Any individual who requires that information be produced in a different format is invited to contact Corpus Christi College’s Freedom of Information Officer (contact details below) to discuss ways in which your specific request for information can be made available to you. We have also indicated whether charges apply to material in each class.

4.3 To request information available through our publication scheme, please contact: The Freedom of Information Officer, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge CB2 1RH. Telephone 01223 338000, e-mail:

4.4 Please note that a publication scheme relates to ‘published’ information. Therefore, material covered has already been prepared in a format ready for distribution.

5. What about information not covered by the publication scheme?

5.1 From 1 January 2005 you will have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by a public authority which it has not already made available through its publication scheme.

5.2 Requests will have to be made in writing and, in general, public authorities will have 20 working days to respond. Corpus Christi Developments Ltd may charge a fee, which will have to be calculated according to Fees Regulations. If a fee is required, it must be paid in advance. If the fee is not paid within thrDevelopments.docee months of requesting it then the request will lapse. Please note that in accordance with section twelve of the Freedom of Information Act, Corpus Christi Developments Ltd reserves the right to refuse a request where the cost of researching, extracting or copying the information is disproportionately high.

5.3 The Freedom of Information Act 2000 also sets out the following circumstances where the duty to disclose information does not arise: When a requester, following prompting and assistance, does not give enough of a description of the information required to allow that information to be identified; and when requests are vexatious or repeated.

5.4 Corpus Christi Developments Ltd will not be required to release information to which an exemption in the Act applies. There are twenty-four exemptions under the Act, including:

  • Information already available elsewhere. If this is the case we will endeavour to direct you to where you will find the information you require.
  • Information provided in confidence. The Act obliges us not to disclose information supplied to us in confidence.
  • Personal information. This is covered by the Data Protection Act 1998 and is only available to the data subject concerned.
  • Information which might endanger the physical or mental health or personal security of any individual.
  • Information intended for future publication. If we intend to publish the information you want you may have to wait until it is published before you can have access to it.
  • Information which would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of the Company or an individual.

6. Feedback

6.1 We hope that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to the Freedom of Information Officer at the address below:

The Freedom of Information Officer
Corpus Christi College
Telephone 01223 338000

6.2 If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body that oversees the Freedom of Information Act:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire, SK9 5AF

7. Further information

More information about the Freedom of Information Act is available on the Information Commissioner’s website at:



This electronic version prepared 19th Feb 2004

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