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Ordnance Survey, Dover Area

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 6 July 1950

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the new 2½-inch Ordnance Suryey map, scale 1–25,000, sheet 61/34, of the Dover area now being offered to the public at 3s. per sheet is inaccurate in that it shows the old town railway station, abolished more than 30 years ago, but does not show the train ferry lock opened in 1935; and if he will take steps to have this map withdrawn from circulation and replaced by a 2–-inch edition of the accurate 1-inch map, published in 1945.

I am aware that the sheet referred to and other sheets in the same series are not up to date. This series is a provisional one, which was published as soon as possible after the end of the war to meet the need of those engaged on reconstruction and planning. It had to be compiled from the best large-scale information then available, much having been destroyed by enemy action in 1941. It is not practicable to enlarge the one-inch map as suggested in the Question: the larger scale requires a more detailed and accurate survey, which is now proceeding for this edition.