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Request for information – FOI13417

Thank you for your e-mail of 7 September 2013, which we acknowledge, requesting the following information from Ordnance Survey:

I would like to know more about your organisational chart and its relation with Ordnance Survey International.

Your request is being dealt with according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, and I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information. However, your request falls within the 'Information due for future publication' exemption under section 22 of the FOIA.

We consider this exemption applies because we do make our structure diagrams available as part of our Publication Scheme. However, because we have recently updated and re-launched our new-look website, this has been an ideal time to review and update the website content, including our structure diagrams.

You can currently access a Cabinet Office interactive diagram on the publication scheme, but an Ordnance Survey structure diagram which will show the organisational chart incorporating Ordnance Survey International will be available in due course.

Although we cannot confirm the exact date by which we expect the information to be published, there is a genuine intention to publish, as this item forms part of the Information Commissioners (ICO) model publication scheme. We would expect this to be published within the next two-three weeks, on our who we are and what we do web page.

Public interest
Section 22 is a qualified exemption and we are required to consider the public interest test.

We consider that public interest would favour withholding the information you have requested, until the future publication date, to ensure it is a true reflection of the organisation and provides the correct response to your request. As detailed above, the only reason this information is not currently published as part of our Publication Scheme is due to the updating of the information content, which was a decision taken by us at the time of our new-look website launch, and prior to the receipt of your request.

Internal review
Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS

E-mail: foi@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

E-mail: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your enquiry.

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