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United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultation events have been held as part of the review of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. (171662)

Consultations took place through meetings and telephone discussions with a wide range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors. International stakeholders were also consulted. Public sector stakeholders consulted throughout the study are the following Departments:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;

Department for Transport (including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency);

Her Majesty's Treasury;

Office of Fair Trading; and

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

UKHO Government customers and trade unions representing UKHO employees have also been consulted.

Private-sector stakeholders, including two trade associations, shipping fleet operators, distributors of navigational products, manufacturers of ‘Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems’ and commercial customers and other companies with an interest in public sector information, have been consulted.

International stakeholders consulted include foreign government hydrographic offices, data suppliers and flag states.

Given the continuous nature of this process, we do not hold records of the precise number of meetings and discussions held.