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.