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Ordnance Survey: Copyright

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to remove the copyright restrictions imposed by Ordnance Survey on the re-use of its data. (243067)

The HM Treasury/Shareholder Executive assessment of trading funds has considered the potential for innovation and growth from increasing commercial and other use of public sector information including Ordnance Survey data. It will shortly publish some key principles for the re-use of this information, and consider how these should be applied to ensure that Government policy is fully reflected in practice.

As part of the assessment, Ordnance Survey is in the process of undertaking a strategic review of its operations and underlying business model. My aim is for Ordnance Survey data to be made more widely available for exploitation for the benefit of the wider UK economy. Further details will be announced in due course.

In the meantime Ordnance Survey will continue to enable users of all types to access a wide range of data through its normal licensing arrangements.