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ICT budget

Request for information – FOI13424

Thank you for your e-mail of 1 October 2013, which we acknowledge, requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information to respond to your information request.

Please note that not all the information Ordnance Survey holds, and which falls in the scope of your request, has been provided within this response as parts of it fall within the Commercial Interests exemption under section 43 of the FOIA.

We respond to your questions as follows:

1. The total budgeted ICT expenditure (capital and revenue) for your organisation for 2013–14 and 2014–15.

The total budgeted IS (Information Systems) expenditure for 2013-14 is £22,292k. This figure includes depreciation. The budget for 2014-15 is not currently held by Ordnance Survey, although we estimate a figure very close to the 2013–14 budget for 2014–15.

2. A breakdown of the actual/budgeted or estimate for 2013/14 and 2014/15 according to the following categories for your organisation. Where possible for asterisked categories, please indicate the current percentage of spend which is delivered "as a service". SaaS and PaaS are instances of applications and deployment environments that are hosted by the software vendor. IaaS is hosting which is purchased on flexible terms with minimal usage commitments. Please only complete the boxes which are not blacked out.

[Information provided via a table in our initial response]

Information for 2014–15 is not currently held, although we can once again estimate a figure in the same region as that quoted for 2013–14.

3. Please provide a list of all the ICT projects that you are undertaking; the cost of these projects and the estimated completion dates for these projects. If it is not possible to provide this under the current FoI limits I am happy to accept a listing of your most up to date schedule of contracts or other record of contracts.

Whilst this information is held by Ordnance Survey it is exempt from disclosure under Section 43 (2) of the FOIA – Commercial Interests.

The reason we will not be providing this information, is because knowledge of the current IS projects we are undertaking will inadvertently provide information regarding our current IS operational position.

This knowledge could highlight areas of potential weakness or identify current processes which could leave the organisation open to security threats, which in turn would affect the commercial viability of our organisational operations.

4. Please provide a list of public sector organisations (either organisations which you fund, or shared service partners) that are included within the total ICT spend you have provided.

This information is not held by Ordnance Survey because we do not fund or share services with any other public sector organisations.

Public interest
Section 43 is a qualified exemption and we are required to consider the public interest in applying this exemption.

We have given consideration to the requirement for government departments to be transparent, but also acknowledge there is public interest in organisations being able to conduct their business in a safe and secure environment, without having to reveal items which could affect the secure nature of its operations.

We are satisfied there is greater public interest in withholding the information you have requested under point 3 in accordance with Section 43 and we will not be releasing this information to you on this occasion.

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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