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Ordnance Survey

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has (a) received representations and (b) commissioned advice on whether separating raw data from value-added products is consistent with Ordnance Survey’s new public task definition. (203439)

Since Ministers approved the revised Ordnance Survey Public Task in July 2007 representations have been made specifically on the separation of raw data from value added products. Ordnance Survey continues in discussions with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Office for Public Sector Information in response to recommendations raised by OFT in the report on its study of the Commercial Reuse of Public Information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the effects of applications of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Directive on Ordnance Survey’s new public task definition. (203465)

Since Ministers approved the revised Ordnance Survey Public Task in July 2007, representations have been received from one trade association representing a number of private sector commercial organisations who commercially exploit public sector information. These representations included an unsubstantiated claim that the revised Public Task has implications for the applicability of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Directive.