FOI request detail

Emails between Peter Blake/Steve McNamara

Request ID: FOI-1110-1819
Date published: 14 August 2018

You asked

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please could you supply me with the following information: All emails written and received between Peter Blake (TFL's ex Director of Service Operations) and Steve McNamara (LTDA's General Secretary) between the dates of January 3rd 2017 and April 30th 2017 inclusive. If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to it exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

We answered

Our Refs:          FOI-1101-1819, FOI-1104-1819, FOI-1105-1819, FOI-1106-1819, FOI-1108-1819, FOI-1110-1819, FOI-1131-1819, FOI-1132-1819

Thank you for your request asking for correspondence between TfL and Steve McNamara of the LTDA.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

However, in accordance with section 12 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to comply with a request if we estimate that the cost of determining whether we hold the information, locating and retrieving it and extracting it from other information would exceed the appropriate limit. This is calculated at £25 per hour for every hour spent on the activities described.

Under Regulation 5(2) of the Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limits and Fees) Regulations 2004, we are permitted to aggregate requests where they relate to any extent to the same or similar information and this aggregation applies to any requests that are received within a sixty working day period, including individuals considered to be acting in concert.

We consider that the cost of complying with the eight FOI requests detailed below from individuals acting in concert, in pursuance of a campaign, would considerably exceed the cost limit, and this would be exceeded further if we were to consider any other associated requests received within the sixty working day period. Therefore we are refusing the above requests.

We suggest that, before submitting future requests, you consider which information is of the highest priority to make best use of the processing time within the FOI Act described above. Similarly, please be aware that requests that are to any extent similar that we have identified as being submitted from individuals working in concert will be considered together for the purposes of calculating the cost limit. Therefore, we recommend submitting single, complete requests for information across the full timeframe rather than splitting the request amongst different individuals as this will not circumvent the cost limit.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London
[email protected]

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