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United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has discussed the conclusions of his Department's review of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office with the Office of Fair Trading. (176701)

As owner of the UK Hydrographic Office, I commissioned a review of structural and ownership options in February 2007. I have not specifically discussed the conclusions of the study with the Office of Fair Trading, but in light of the OFT's market study on the Commercial Use of Public Information the study team held discussions with the OFT, exploring the handling of public sector data collated and used by the UKHO.