HC Deb 29 March 1999 vol 328 c461W
Mr. Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make available his Department's designated area sets (GIS) to local authorities. [78724]

Mr. Raynsford

Designate areas within my Department's policy responsibilities are designated by the Non Departmental Public Bodies sponsored by the Department, not directly by the Department itself.

The Inter-departmental Group on Geographic Information (which my Department Chairs) has issued a Charter Standard Statement on Geographic Information that encourages all Government Departments and Agencies to make their geographic information available to all users. Digital forms of the National Statutory designated areas would be part of this initiative.