Government: Databases

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th April 2017.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the digital economy of releasing government data sets.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Open data is already delivering enormous value across the economy and society. The UK is a world leader in open data and we have released over 41,000 non-personal datasets, powering over 400 apps and enabling transformational change in sectors as diverse as transport, agriculture and housing. The UK is committed to being the world’s most open and transparent government and the UK’s third Open Government National Action plan sets out an ambitious agenda to achieve this.

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