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Crown properties owned by OS

Request for Information - FOI17789

Request

Thank you for your email of 16 August 2017, requesting the following information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA):

I would be grateful if you would provide me with information held by your Department relating to the following:

  • The number of Crown properties in England and Wales owned or operated by your Department.
  • The identity and location of these Crown properties.
  • The total number of Government employees has working at these properties.

If this information is not available in the form requested then I would be grateful for any similar information that would be of assistance in allowing at least an approximation to be made to these requests for information.

Our response

I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested. Where the information is not held, this is stated. Taking each request in turn, I confirm the following:

The number of Crown properties in England and Wales owned or operated by your Department
Ordnance Survey do not own or operate any Crown properties in England and Wales.

The identity and location of these Crown properties
I can confirm Ordnance Survey does not hold this information.

The total number of Government employees has working at these properties
I can confirm Ordnance Survey does not hold this information.

However, under our duty to provide information and assistance in accordance with section 16 of FOIA, we can provide the following information which may assist you in this matter. Ordnance Survey Limited is not a Government Department, it is a limited company with 100% of its shares owned by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Although, Ordnance Survey Limited does not own or operate any Crown properties, we advise that Ordnance Survey Limited owns one property in England and Wales at Explorer House, Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS with a total number of employees as 758.

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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