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OS & Met Office change hands

Responsibility for OS, Land Registry and the Met Office, will pass to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Ministerial responsibility and Government's shareholding and customer functions for Ordnance Survey, Land Registry and the Met Office will pass to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

This marks a step towards establishment of a Public Data Corporation (PDC) - plans for which were announced by the Government in January 2011.

Final decisions on membership, structure and commercial strategy of the Public Data Corporation will be taken later this year - following a consultation on PDC data policy, due to be launched during summer 2011.

Once a permanent PDC Board is recruited, it will be led by an independent Non-Executive Chair and will take responsibility for the PDC’s business plan and commercial issues.

In the meantime, the BIS and Cabinet Office Ministers will jointly chair a PDC Transition Board, which will consider membership, structure and governance for the PDC.

Details from Ordnance Survey below . .

  • 23 July 2011
  • Corporate

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