Ordnance Survey accounting slammed

MPs have panned the Ordnance Survey department for a lack of clarity on its

The criticisms came after the Ministry of Defence MOD told the Commons select
committee on Communities and Local Government that the ‘stringency and
complexity’ OS applies to use of its data had led to confusion.

The committee called for the mapping body to beef up its accounting
procedures, recommending that ‘OS distinguish as clearly as possible between the
its functions as a national mapping agency and those it conducts as a
commercial, profit-making body.’

Committee chair, Dr Phyllis Starkey said: ‘The fact the MOD is uncertain what
use it may make of the data it buys from OS displays some lack of clarity in the
licences OS offers customers.’

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