The complainant has requested information regarding projects commissioned under the Consultancy One framework. The Cabinet Office has asserted that the requested information is not held. The Commissioner’s decision is that, on the balance of probabilities, the Cabinet Office does hold the requested information and has failed to fully consider and responds to the request in accordance with section 1(1) of the Act. The Commissioner requires the public authority to issue a fresh response to the request that does not deny that the information is held (ie the Cabinet Office need to comply with section 1(1)(a) by confirming that the information is held) and then either disclose the information as described in the confidential annex, or issue a refusal notice citing a reason to withhold the information. The public authority must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice. Failure to comply may result in the Commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the Act and may be dealt with as a contempt of court.
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