HC Deb 11 December 1975 vol 902 cc315-6W
Mr. Ronald Bell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why the Ordnance Survey, which is a Government monopoly, is proposing to increase its charge to Spurbrooks Limited for the reproduction of map extracts in books in the "Walking and Rambling" series from approximately £40 to approximately £600 per book; and whether this accords with the anti-inflation policy of Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Oakes

The system of charges being introduced on 1st January 1976 takes account of increased costs falling on the Ordnance Survey and aims to produce a result which is fairer as between different classes of user. The present system of charges was introduced at a time when the main demand came from professional users requiring only a limited number of copies of each item. The rate of charge is relatively high for the first few copies and declines rapidly as the number of copies increases. As a result, commercial publishers make only a small contribution per copy produced. The new scale follows normal commercial practice and applies a weighting for making reproduction for quantity printing.

The Price Code does not apply to Government fees and charges, but similar disciplines are applied.

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