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National Interest Mapping Services Agreement

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes in (a) service and (b) data provision Ordnance Survey has made to the Mapping for Emergencies service since the ending of the National Interest Mapping Services Agreement; and how many staff were employed by the service (i) before and (ii) after the period covered by that agreement. (202647)

Since the ending of the National Interest Mapping Services Agreement (NIMSA) no fundamental changes have been made by Ordnance Survey to the Mapping for Emergencies service, though at an operational level Ordnance Survey has extended the arrangements with a number of its partners to ensure timely local supplies of information when appropriate, as well as improving processes, contact arrangements and raising awareness of the service among civil contingency response agencies.

No changes have been made to data provision under the Mapping for Emergencies service. Authorities responding to emergencies continue to be able to request data and mapping from Ordnance Survey's full range of products and services, as may be appropriate to the specific needs of the incident.

When a Mapping for Emergencies service request is received, staff are temporarily deployed from other duties according to their specialism, to meet the particular requirements of the incident.

Information on staff deployment to the Mapping for Emergencies service prior to 1 April 1999, when NIMSA was established, is not readily available, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In the period since NIMSA ended on 31 December 2006, a total of 12 different staff were deployed in response to two requests between 1 January and 31 March 2007. Twenty-three different staff were deployed across eight incidents during financial year 2007-2008.