Ordnance Survey

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 26th November 2008.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Ordnance Survey has received in respect of use of mapping data covering the Greater London area for the purpose of providing information from public and statutory bodies in each of the last five years, broken down by category of income.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Ordnance Survey licenses data to a large number of public and statutory bodies whose work in whole or part includes the Greater London area. A significant proportion of these bodies acquire their Ordnance Survey data through collective purchasing agreements which are paid centrally. Licensees are not required to indicate the nature of the internal business use to which they apply their data or the specific areas in which these business uses are undertaken.

Ordnance Survey does not, therefore, hold specific information on the revenue received from use of mapping of the Greater London area for the purpose stated. Ordnance Survey is in the process of undertaking a strategic review of its operations.

Two of the issues that are being addressed are first, the perceived and actual complexities in licensing arrangements and secondly, the accounting treatment for revenue raised via different products.

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