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Floods: Disclosure of Information

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has given to the Environment Agency on the terms under which its flood risk data may be supplied to third party resellers. (137206)

DEFRA has not provided the Environment Agency (EA) with any specific guidance on the supply of flood risk data to third party resellers.

The EA is an accredited organisation under the Information Fair Trader Scheme and applies a transparent and consistent charging policy to all of their customers. The recently agreed Public Sector Information Directive has created a new charging policy which enables EA to adhere to the correct charging terms.

Flood risk data are priced according to this charging policy which includes royalties derived from third party resellers.