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Maps: EU Law

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the conclusions of his Department’s consultation on the transposition of the EU INSPIRE directive. (294622)

I have been asked to reply.

The report on consultation was published on the Department’s website in July:

www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/inspire/summary-responses.pdf

in line with my Department’s normal practice. I am arranging for copies of it to be placed also in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce his decision on whether to build a national geo-portal as part of the implementation of the INSPIRE directive. (294651)

I have been asked to reply.

The Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Ogmore (Huw Irranca-Davies) replied to the hon. Member on 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1281W explaining that decisions on the implementation of INSPIRE will be taken by the location council. At its meeting on 18 September the location council endorsed the Conceptual Design for the Location Programme, including the development of a UK Geo-Portal. The decision will be communicated on the programme website at:

www.defra.gov.uk/location