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 David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 2:30 pm, 1st April 2008

The Minister is clearly the right man for such a range of responsibilities. He will be aware that Ordnance Survey is the second-largest Government trading fund and that it breaks even on its costs by selling its goods and services to the public and private sectors. There is an argument that such information should be made more freely available, free of charge. Has he read the book which was published alongside the Budget, "Models of Public Sector Information via Trading Funds"—quite a racy read—and which rebuts the claim that a move to free data would damage the work of Ordnance Survey? It should be made freely available to citizens of this country, and that can be done in a way that produces funds rather than absorbs them.

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