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Ordnance Survey moves to business department

UK: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK announced that Ministerial responsibility for Ordnance Survey, alongside Land Registry and the Met Office, will pass to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). This move is being considered as a step towards establishment of the Public Data Corporation (PDC) which were announced by the Government in January this year.
The Government shareholding of Ordnance Survey and the Government’s customer functions both move from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Ordnance Survey Director General and Chief Executive, said: “Bringing Ordnance Survey together with some of the other major data providers in government under BIS will provide an excellent opportunity to share best practice and strengthen our existing relationships.” 
Final decisions on membership, structure and commercial strategy of the Public Data Corporation will be taken later this year, following a consultation on PDC data policy, due to launch over the summer.
In the meantime, BIS Minister Edward Davey MP will jointly chair with the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude MP a PDC Transition Board, which will consider membership, structure and governance for the PDC.
Source: Ordnance Survey