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Request for copy of the book titled Electoral and Administrative Boundaries 1841-2013 (FOI21982)

This Freedom of Information request asks for a copy of the book Electoral and Administrative Boundaries 1841-2013.

Request for information - Ref No: FOI21982


Thank you for your request for information, which we received on 19 January 2021. Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. I have set out an extract of your request below:-

“Hello, Prior to my retirement in 2015 I wrote a book 'Electoral and Administrative Boundaries 1841 to 2013'. The plan was to publish this book but due to staff cuts in publication section and the rebranding exercise it never made it to press. Although I have my own copy on cd my computer has died and I no longer have a disc drive on my laptop. I believe the book exists as a pdf and as the author I would be very grateful of a copy. Please let me know if there is a charge attached.”

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold the information you have requested.

I am pleased to provide you with the attached pdf. version of the book ‘Electoral and Administrative Boundaries 1841 to 2013’ as requested (available from OS on request).

Please note that the book supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright and any other Intellectual Property rights owned by Ordnance Survey Limited and/or the Crown or Licensed to Ordnance Survey Limited. You are free to use the book for your own purposes, i.e. private study and non-commercial research, and for any other purpose authorised by an exception in current copyright law. Any other reuse, for example commercial publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.

We note some of the images include a copyright attribution to yourself, if this is the case, (namely licensed from you to Ordnance Survey) the above paragraph does not apply. To the extent that other material in the book is protected by third party rights you would need to seek the permission of the appropriate owner of these rights.

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