FOI14613 – Request for information
Thank you for your email of 1 December 2015, requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act FOIA 2000:
I am writing to request information under FOIA about press lines to take on a conditional basis.
Please provide copies of all press lines to take prepared for publication on a conditional basis - that is, in the event a press officer receives a specific or persistent approach - from 1 January 2015 up until the date my request is answered. These statements may be designated by phrases including, but not limited to, "if asked", "if pressed", and "if pushed". These media statements are often placed on a log, and can be returned by a keyword or phrase search.
If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of FOIA.
I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold the information you have requested and I am pleased to provide you with the below five reactive statements from 2015 with regards to your request.
- GovCo – privatisation question - is this the first step to privatisation? (Jan 2015)
No. There is no intention to privatise Ordnance Survey.
Operating as a GovCo has been a success for organisations such as the Royal Mint, and this is the structure that government believes is best suited for Ordnance Survey. In the coming weeks, we will also make further announcements on Ordnance Survey’s support for OpenData policy, which would be inconsistent with any plans to privatise.
- PCS and Gov Co – reactive statement (Jan 2015)
The recent announcement from Government to change Ordnance Survey (OS) from a Trading Fund to a Government Company should not come as a surprise to any employees or Trade Unions associated with OS. For a number of months the Ordnance Survey Board, supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have been examining whether a move to a Government-owned Company (Gov Co) would serve the organisation best in the coming years.
Ordnance Survey staff the Trade Unions, including PCS and Prospect, have been regularly consulted and communicated with throughout the business model project.
Ordnance Survey has a small minority, approx. 70, of employees who are members of PCS.
- Reactive statement in response to Spending Review and Autumn Statement (25 November)
The decision to explore options of private capital investment into OS has been taken by Government. Ordnance Survey will work with the Shareholder Executive to ensure continued success in Great Britain and long-term growth of the organisation.
Following the transition to a GovCo in April 2015 Ordnance Survey has developed and started to implement an expansive strategy which demands focussed delivery of technologies and skills across Great Britain, and the globe, to enable further and faster growth of the organisation.
- What is the latest regarding the CEO vacancy at OS? (Jan onwards)
The recruitment process is ongoing and we expect to make an announcement in the near future.
- Astigan statement (Jan onwards)
Astigan is a 51% owned subsidiary which is consolidated into the Ordnance Survey group accounts as Ordnance Survey has control of the Board. The objective of the company is to research new ways of remote data collection. We see this as a medium‑term investment and have entered into a joint venture with technical experts in their field.
I hope the above is of use to you.
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