United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of marine technologies supported by the UK Hydrographic Office to the economy.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

An assessment was conducted by the Cabinet Office as part of the Government's commitment to establish the Geospatial Commission, of which the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is one of six partner agencies. The assessment, calculated according to HM Treasury's Green Book guidelines and by a bottom-up economic analysis of the opportunities in the public and private sectors concluded that significant economic growth could be generated by unlocking UK geospatial resources, including marine data. As the Government's authority for marine geospatial data, the UKHO is working in partnership with the Geospatial Commission to identify options to support economic growth.

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