Framework and/or Collaboration Agreement between Imperial College's International Bus Benchmarking Group and Transport for London

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Dear Imperial College London,

Please provide me with a copy of any framework and/or Collaboration Agreement that exists between Imperial College's International Bus Benchmarking Group and Transport for London (or its subsidiaries). For avoidance of doubt, you refer to the existence of this document(s) in your correspondence with me dated 24 March 2017.

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,

Please provide me with a copy of any framework and/or Collaboration Agreement that exists between Imperial College's International Bus Benchmarking Group and Transport for London (or its subsidiaries). For avoidance of doubt, you refer to the existence of this document(s) in your correspondence with me dated 24 March 2017.

By Law, Imperial College should have responded promptly by now.

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 a copy  of any framework and/or Collaboration
Agreement that exists between Imperial College's International Bus
Benchmarking Group and Transport for London (or its subsidiaries). For
avoidance of doubt, you refer to the existence of this document(s) in your
correspondence with me dated 24 March 2017.

 

The College has determined that the Collaboration Agreement is exempt from
disclosure under Section 43 (2) 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).” The College considers the
Collaboration Agreement to be commercially sensitive and, therefore, to
release this information would prejudice the commercial interests of the
IBBG project and thus ultimately prejudice the commercial interests of the
College.

 

The Collaboration Agreement is the overall framework for the IBBG project.
It contains the detailed inter-workings of the Group and the College
considers these to be commercially sensitive. To disclose the terms on
which the IBBG project operates would enable new competitors to replicate
the Group's framework and potentially damage its position in the market.
Prejudice is also likely to occur as existing consultancies of a similar
nature could offer different or more favourable terms of membership than
the IBBG and thus draw away both current and new potential Members,
damaging the ability of the Group, on behalf of the College, to compete in
the market. This in turn would result in a loss of revenue for the Group
and ultimately for the College itself.

 

As such, the College does not believe that the public interest in the
release of this information outweighs the potential negative impact of the
disclosure for the reasons outlined above. 

 

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: [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

http://www.ico.gov.uk       

 

Kind regards,

 

Bryony Greenfield

 

 

 

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