Ordnance Survey

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Robert Key Robert Key Conservative, Salisbury 2:30 pm, 1st April 2008

It is a great relief that the Minister knows who he is.

Ordnance Survey is the envy of the world as a mapping institution; it is second to none, and it costs the taxpayer nothing. However, there is continuing confusion between its public duty and the private competition that it has to have as a trading fund. The pan-government agreement, which regulates how different Government Departments and agencies use Ordnance Survey, came to an end yesterday. We have no news of what is going to be put in its place, so will the Minister tell us? When will the regulatory framework be updated and amended to bring an end to all this confusion, which is getting in the way of Ordnance Survey's excellent work?

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