HC Deb 17 July 1933 vol 280 c1523
20. Brigadier-General NATION

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that there is a considerable shortage of up-to-date ordnance survey maps on. a scale of 25 inches to a mile, the scale used as the basis of English land tenure, local government, regional planning, land drainage, etc.; that for many municipal areas the only maps available are over 20 years old; and will he state what steps he is taking, or proposes to take, to remedy the defect?


Since the War, the staff of the Ordnance Survey Department has been reduced by about one-half, on grounds of economy, and the period between revision of the maps referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend has had consequently to be lengthened. I realise, and will continue to bear in mind, the desirability of more frequent revision, but the question is governed primarily by financial considerations, and I regret that at the present time, in prevailing circumstances, I cannot hold out any hope of an increase in the size of the survey staff.