HC Deb 09 July 1923 vol 166 cc950-1W

asked the Minister of Agriculture, with reference to the cost of maps sold to the public, whether the cost of production includes any amount for rent, rates and taxes, interest and depreciation, and any proportion of the salaries of the principal officials of the Survey Department; if so, the respective amounts under each of these headings; and what royalties would have been charged to private firms if these smaller scale maps had been produced by them?


The cost of production of maps sold to the public includes a percentage charge which is considered reasonable to cover the items mentioned in my hon. Friend's question, but no separate allocation of the charge is made among the different items referred to. As the Ordnance Survey has never arranged with private firms for the production of small scale maps, the amount of royalty which would be charged in such circumstances has never been considered.