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Request for information – FOI14512


Thank you for your email 17 December 2014, requesting:

Please can you provide me a copy of Master Map, plus Address Layer 2 for xxxxxx in GML format? No other borough or area is required.

The request is for Judicial proceedings of the Lands Chamber in the High Court early next year.

As well as the FOIA; Chapter III, Public Administration, Section 45 of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 therefore applies. There is therefore no copyright, and thus no charge applicable. Furthermore, as this information is already available packaged-up there will be negligible time and or cost to Ordnance Survey to provide.

This information will not be used for any other purpose than these Judicial proceedings.

Our response

As your request was received by Ordnance Survey on 17 December 2014 we are required to provide to you a full response within 20 working days, as required by the Act, meaning by the 19 January 2015. The twenty working day deadline excludes Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information, however, your request falls within the ‘Information accessible to applicant by other means’ exemption under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

We consider this exemption applies because the requested information is available to the public, as a licensed data product from Ordnance Survey called OS MasterMap®.

Whilst there will be a cost to obtain licensed data section 21(2) (a) of the FOIA advises that information may be considered reasonably accessible to the applicant even though it is accessible only on payment.

Further information relating to the OS MasterMap®product, and how to purchase this data, is available on our OS MasterMap® products web page.

You can also access the price list which will explain the licence.

Public interest

Section 21 is an absolute exemption and no public interest test is applicable.

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

Email: foi@os.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

Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

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

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