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Public Sector Information

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, at what times of day public information programmes have been scheduled in each of the past three years. (76757)

[pursuant to the reply, 14 June 2006, Official Report, c. 1247-48W]: I regret that the figure given for the number of night time transmissions in the table showing the broadcast television ratios of public information films for the period April 2003 to March 2004 was incorrect. The figure given was 4,261.

The correct information is shown in the following table.

April 2003 to March 2004

Time

Percentage of films shown

Number of transmissions

Breakfast (6.00-9.29)

14

14,705

Morning (9.30-11.59)

10

10,938

Afternoon (12.00-17.14)

16

17,107

Evening (17.15-23.59)

18

19,045

Night time (00.01-5.59

40

42,611

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what action may be taken against public sector information holders who breach the information fair trade scheme guidelines. (90691)

[holding answer 11 September 2006]: Most major public sector information holders within Government operate under a delegation of authority from the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationary Office to license the re-use of the information they hold. Their compliance with the delegation is regulated by the information fair trader scheme. Where non-compliance is found an action plan will be agreed to implement the recommendations in the information fair trade scheme (IFTS) report. The Office of Public Sector Information will work closely with the IFTS member to action the recommendations and monitor implementation. If the plan is not implemented within agreed timescales then ultimately it is open to the controller to withdraw the delegation of authority.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will commission a study of the terms and conditions (a) offered by public sector information holders to external licensees and (b) by public sector information holders applied to products and services and subsequently sold in equivalent markets. (90048)

The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) is responsible for licensing the re-use of Crown copyright information and certain categories of Public Sector Information. We do this via our online Click-Use Licence system—http://www.opsi.gov.uk/click-use/index.htm.

Anyone wishing to re-use the material covered by any of the Click-Use Licences has to register for a user account and then apply for the licence(s) they require. Since its launch in 2001, the Click-Use Licence has proved very successful with over 10,000 licences taken out by re-users of public sector information.

OPSI recently extended the Click-Use Licence beyond central Government to the wider public sector, including Government and the health service. This new PSI Click-Use Licence is a no-charge online licence and will enable re-users to re-use a wide range of public sector information under the one licence.

OPSI conduct reviews on the licence terms and conditions used by public sector information holders as a key part of the verification process under the Information Fair Trade Scheme. The reviews are conducted either annually or every two years depending on the level of information trading carried out by the organisation in question. Given these initiatives the Government do not believe it is necessary to commission any further studies into the subject at this stage.