HC Deb 24 June 1919 vol 117 cc24-5
37. Major PRESCOTT

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware of the inconvenience that is now caused to public departments connected with the transfer of lands for housing and other necessitous public purposes which is caused by the continuance of the requirement which prevailed during the War for the consent of the Controller of the Stationery Office being obtained before Ordnance Survey maps could be issued for sale or for reproduction in extract form; and whether, in order to reduce the delay, he will now issue such orders as will relax the restriction which prevailed during wartime, and thereby dispense with the necessity of obtaining the sanction of the Controller of the Stationery Office before these Ordnance maps can be reproduced?


The copyright in all Government publications, including Ordnance Survey maps, is vested by His Majesty's Letters Patent in the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office. In 1915, at the request of the Army Council, it was laid down that all general permissions hitherto given to reproduce portions of Ordnance maps for land sale purposes should Until further notice be withdrawn. The restrictions imposed by the War Office have now been removed, and arrangements are being made for the resumption of the granting of general permissions.