Aerial Photography

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot Conservative, North East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the cost was of the Ordnance Survey's aerial photography programme in each of the last five years; and if he will make an estimate of the potential annual cost of licensing such photographs from other agencies and businesses.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Holding answer received on 23 January 2015

The costs for Ordnance Survey’s aerial photography programme in each of the last five years are as follows:

2010/11 - £3.36m

2011/12 - £2.05m

2012/13 - £1.63m

2013/14 - £1.96m

2014/15 - £1.97m

These costs include capture of the imagery and it’s processing to create ortho-imagery, which is used to update the Master Map of Great Britain.

As explained in the response to Question UIN 221333, Ordnance Survey requires full ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights of the aerial photography it acquires. Ordnance Survey considered all options and decided to procure full rights to the data it required.

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