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Geographical Information Systems

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 603W, on geographical information systems, what the timetableis for a decision on implementation of a national geo-portal; and whether cadastral information will be included on it. (252742)

I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 603W, that a national geo-portal is being considered among the implementation options for the INSPIRE Directive. Decisions on implementation will be taken through the governance arrangements that are being established to oversee implementation of INSPIRE and the closely related UK Location Strategy1 i.e. the Location Council. As ‘cadastral parcels or equivalent’ is one of the data themes in scope of INSPIRE, we are obliged to include it in the preferred option for INSPIRE implementation.

1 Place Matters: The Location Strategy for the United Kingdom was published by Communities and Location Government on the 25 November 2008. (http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1072942)