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Request for information – FOI14532


Thank you for your email of 25 February 2015, requesting:

Most up to date ICT documents

1. ICT strategy – I require the document that hold future plan and strategy of the organisation’s ICT department.
2. ICT departmental business
3. ICT technical strategy
4. ICT structure
5. ICT capital budgets and programmes

If you feel that your organisation or the department hold other documents that relate to my request or the document above please send them accordingly.

Lead member: Cabinet Member for ICT and telecommunications come under? Please can you provide me with their direct contact details including their full name, actual job title, contact number and direct email address? Who is this, wouldn’t reveal anyway

Can you please provide me with a direct link to this committee?


I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested. Where the information is not held or is exempt from disclosure this is detailed.

1. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information, please find attached the IS Strategy document. We have redacted some information from the documents as we consider it to be exempt from disclosure under section 43(2) (commercial interests) of the FOIA. The reason for this is detailed below.

Section 43(2) of the FOIA
The Information Commissioner recognises that some public authorities are permitted to engage in commercial activities and that information held in relation to these will fall within the scope of Section 43(2).

We consider that the exemption under Section 43(2) applies because the market sector in which Ordnance Survey operates is highly competitive and the disclosure of this information undermines the organisation’s market position and would be detrimental to Ordnance Survey’s commercial interests given the competitive nature of the industry segment in which Ordnance Survey operates.

Public interest
Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption and we are required to consider the public interest. Ordnance Survey recognises the need for transparency, however, this has to be balanced against the public interest in allowing the organisation to protect its commercial information and not place itself at a disadvantage in the specialist market in which it operates.

Private sector bodies operating in the same market segment are not bound by the FOIA and are therefore not disadvantaged by the potential disclosure of similar commercial information.

Consequently, we are satisfied that there is greater public interest in withholding the information under this exemption to ensure the commercial interests of Ordnance Survey are not undermined and our government tasks can be fulfilled, therefore, we will not be releasing this information.

2. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold this information.

3. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold this information.

4. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information and I have attached the ICT Structure file document to this response.

5. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information. Please find below the Provisional ICT capital programmes and budgets for 2015/16.

Provisional ICT Capital Programmes 15/16Provisional ICT Capital Budget 15/16
Collect and Maintain£22m
Refine & Derive£4m
Operating the business / common infrastructure£1m

6. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold a cabinet member for ICT and Telecommunications.

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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.

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

Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

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