Communication in relation to a Confidential Benchmarking Presentation made by the IBBG's Head of Benchmarking to TfL’s IIPAG Meeting of 18 May 2016

The request was refused by Imperial College London.

Dear Imperial College London,

Please provide me with copies of all communication between TfL and/or London Bus Services Limited and Imperial College's International Bus Benchmarking Group (IBBG) of the Centre for Transport Studies in relation to a Confidential Benchmarking Presentation made by the IBBG's Head of Benchmarking to TfL’s IIPAG Meeting of 18 May 2016

Yours faithfully,

Tom Kearney

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Kearney,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College aims to respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,

Bryony Greenfield

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Dear IMPFOI,

You are late in responding to my FOI Request 'Communication in relation to a Confidential Benchmarking Presentation made by the IBBG's Head of Benchmarking to TfL’s IIPAG Meeting of 18 May 2016.'

By law, you should have responded within 20 working days of 27 February 2017 or 24 March 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Kearney

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Kearney,

Thank you for your email. We apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

The College is preparing a response and we will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,

Bryony Greenfield

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Dear IMPFOI,

Thank you for your response.

"In due course"?

Since you are required by law to have already provided me with a response, isn't your time frame a bit too ambiguous?

Yours sincerely,

Tom Kearney

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Kearney,

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request.

 

Please find below the College’s response to your questions:

 

Please provide me with copies of all communication between TfL and/or
London Bus Services Limited and Imperial College's International Bus
Benchmarking Group (IBBG) of the Centre for Transport Studies in relation
to a Confidential Benchmarking Presentation made by the IBBG's Head of
Benchmarking  to TfL’s IIPAG Meeting of 18 May 2016.

 

We confirm that we hold the information requested however it is exempt
from disclosure under Section 43 (2) and Section 41 of the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

Section 43 (2) states that information is exempt if its disclosure “would
or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person
(including the public authority holding it).” Communications relating to
the Confidential Benchmarking Presentation made by the IBBG's Head of
Benchmarking  to TfL’s IIPAG Meeting of 18 May 2016 are commercially
sensitive and relate to the confidential workings of the IBBG. Any
information relating to the benchmarking work of the IBBG project is also
confidential under the Group’s Collaboration Agreement. As such, the
College does not believe the public interest in releasing this information
outweighs the potential negative impact of the disclosure. It is also in
the public interest that the IBBG project is able to carry out its day to
day functions, which are reliant on an environment of complete
confidentiality outside of the Group.

 

Additionally, please be advised that this information is exempt from
disclosure under Section 41 of the Freedom of Information Act as the
communications have been provided to the IBBG in confidence by TFL and/or
London Bus Services Limited.  The Act states that “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…by the public authority holding it would
constitute a breach of confidence actionable by that or any other
person.” The IBBG operates under a framework of complete confidentiality.
If the College were to release information provided to the Group in
confidence by its Members, this would impact on the willingness of Members
to participate in an honest and open exchange within the Group in future.
The honest and open exchange of Members’ experiences and performance would
therefore be lost, undermining and negatively impacting the primary
function and overall purpose of the IBBG project.

 

I am obliged, under the Freedom of Information Act, to inform you of our
complaints procedures in case you are unhappy about the way in which your
request has been dealt with. If you wish to complain about this response,
you should contact the College Secretary at the address below.

 

The College Secretary

Imperial College London

Exhibition Road

London

SW7 2AZ

E-mail: [1][email address]      

 

If you are unhappy about the way in which the College Secretary handles
your complaint then you may have recourse to the official regulator for
the Freedom of Information Act who is:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk       

 

Kind regards,

 

Bryony Greenfield

 

 

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