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Land: Databases

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provisions regulate the sharing of data in the joint Ordnance Survey-Land Registry data centre; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the shared service agreement. (294891)

The Data Centre Shared Service agreement which Ordnance Survey and Land Registry have recently concluded is concerned only with buildings, information technology infrastructure and with associated security and business continuity provisions. It is not concerned with data or the sharing of data.

Under the agreement Ordnance Survey has signed a five-year lease for 219 square metres of serviced and managed space from Land Registry, within its secure data centre in Gloucester. This dedicated and discrete accommodation will house a proportion of Ordnance Survey’s IT infrastructure, as well as supporting the launch of a new database management system. It will enable essential IT Business continuity services, in conjunction with facilities at Ordnance Survey’s new head office, which is currently being built in Southampton.

A copy of the Shared Service Agreement has today been placed in the Library.