The complainant requested information about the SLA between North East Combined Authority (“NECA”) and TT2 that relates to the Tyne Pass Initiative. By the date of this notice NECA had not issued a substantive response to this request. The Commissioner’s decision is that NECA has breached section 10(1) of the FOIA in that it failed to provide a valid response to the request within the statutory time frame of 20 working days. The Commissioner requires NECA to take the following step to ensure compliance with the legislation. • NECA must provide a substantive response to the request in accordance with its obligations under the FOIA. NECA must take this step 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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