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Work undertaken in preparation if the UK vote to leave the EU

FOI16669– Request for information

Request

Thank you for your email of 25 April 16, requesting the following information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

  • What preparatory work has your Department (including arms-length bodies) undertaken in order to understand how its remit and operations could be affected if the UK voted to leave the EU?
  • Please could you confirm whether your Department (including arms-length bodies) has delayed any decisions on policy matters, major projects or procurements until after the results of the EU referendum? If yes, please say which.
  • If the UK voted to leave the EU, please indicate whether your Department (including arms-length bodies) would be likely to experience any of the following over the next 2-3 years as a direct or indirect result:
    • A change in the remit or duties of your organisation.
    • Major projects or procurements subject to uncertainty, cancellation or delayed decision-making.
    • Need to help client group(s) understand the implications of EU exit for them.
    • Need for increased budget to deal with additional workload related to EU renegotiation and exit.
    • Need for extra staff to deal with additional workload related to EU renegotiation and exit.
    • Need to change IT systems or implement new ones.
    • Need to review suppliers or supplier contracts.

Our response

We have reviewed your letter and will respond to each question in turn as follows:

    • Ordnance Survey is unable to provide information, because we do not consider your question to be a valid request as it is not a specific request for information held in a recorded format in accordance with s. 8 of the FOIA.
      However, under our duty to provide advice and assistance as stiplated in Section 16 of the FOIA I can confirm that Ordnance Survey has prepared an analysis of the possible implications of a vote to leave the EU.
      Please note that even if this was considered a valid request, the disclosure of such information would be considered exempt from disclosure under the FOIA.
    • Ordnance Survey is unable to provide information, because we do not consider your question to be a valid request as it is not a specific request for information held in a recorded format in accordance with s. 8 of the FOIA.
      Note that if your request was to be considered a valid request, this information is not held.
    • Ordnance Survey is unable to provide information, because we do not consider your question to be a valid request as it is not a specific request for information held in a recorded format in accordance with s. 8 of the FOIA.
      Note that if your request was to be considered a valid request, this information is not held.

    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
    Southampton
    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
    Wilmslow
    Cheshire
    SK9 5AF

    Email: 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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