Natural England: Maps

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding provided to Natural England for carrying out mapping.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In 2016/2017, Natural England received Grant In Aid funding to support 43 posts to provide the wide range of mapping services required for NE’s duties - from mapping the England Coastal Path to marine designated areas. Natural England received funding of £157,000 in 2016/2017 for the licensing of mapping products, and also access Ordnance Survey map data through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement which is funded by the UK government centrally. In addition to dedicated mapping personnel, staff across Natural England are able to access and use maps and spatial data in their work. This includes staff handling mapped information from Environmental and Countryside Stewardship applicants and agreement holders and also accessing Rural Land Register farmland map information maintained by RPA. Natural England also provides open access to maps and spatial data to individuals and organisations outside of NE through the Magic web service.

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