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Our fair information trading policy

I am personally committed to making sure that we trade in information fairly. To show the strength of my commitment, I have received Fair Trader accreditation from the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). I am confident that we have the right administrative processes in place so that I can support the following statement.

I will insist that we strictly follow a system of open trading that meets the terms of the Competition Act 1998. My aim is that, in principle, we can meet the needs of anyone who applies for a licence to reuse information for any purpose. We will publish any exceptions, each of which is designed to meet a specific defined risk to Ordnance Survey’s agreed business model, on our website and strictly follow them.

The role of information trading is written into our business model. We set prices, and methods for setting prices (such as royalty schemes), in line with the role of information trading within my business model. We publish them on the website and strictly follow them. Any exceptions are described in full on the website, and are available to anyone who qualifies for them.

I am committed to reducing as far as possible the administrative burden on people who reuse public sector information. I will make sure that we use processes for trading information that are similar to those used by Trading Funds in the rest of the public sector.

I will tell the Controller of HMSO about any complaints I receive that my organisation has broken this commitment, and I will investigate them thoroughly. If HMSO decide to investigate a complaint, I will allow the HMSO investigation team to see the relevant staff and records.

Vanessa Lawrence CB
Director General & Chief Executive

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