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Ordnance Survey

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations were undertaken by Ordnance Survey with (a) English Heritage, (b) the Church Conservation Trust, (c) archaeological groups and (d) religious organisations and churches about the proposed deletion of symbols of churches no longer used as places of worship; and what guidance he gave to Ordnance Survey on the consultation process. [113661]

The recent review of the 1:25 000 OS Explorer map series specification by Ordnance Survey has been conducted with an extensive consultation with users. This was carried out through focus groups and also in discussions with around 50 organisations whose members are major users of mapping at this scale.Ordnance Survey has resolved not to proceed with any change to the way places of worship are shown on Explorer maps. Current and former places of worship with towers, spires, minarets or domes are helpful navigational aids and these buildings will continue to be shown with the traditional symbols. However, the description 'place of worship' in the key will be amended to read 'building/place of worship with …etc' to reflect the fact that some have changed their status.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Macclesfield on 10 March, Official Report, column 111W, on Ordnance Survey maps, if he will ensure that Ordnance Survey publishes the results of consultation and research among users to which he referred. [113663]

Ordnance Survey has consulted widely on proposed changes to the 1:25 000 OS Explorer map series and has decided upon a number of specification changes. The outcome of the consultation is currently being made known to those individuals and organisations that contributed views and information. A summary of the changes has been posted on the Ordnance Survey web site.