5G mapping - interaction with Ordnance Survey

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Please provide any correspondence or records of meetings with Ornance Survey (prior to 1st Paril 2015), Ordnance Survey Ltd, or either of their subsidiaries or representatives, on the subject of 5G mapping.
5G mapping includes mapping processes and cell planning to facilitate the deployment of 5G mobile networks, such as is described in OJEU procurement exercise 2016/S112-198945.
This request is for the period prior to 15 August 2016.

Yours faithfully,

alan smithee

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Dear Mr Smithee

 

Thank you for your email of 18^th October where you requested information
about 5G mapping - interaction with Ordnance Survey.

 

From our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not be able to
answer your request without further clarification. 

 

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport requires further information
in order to identify and locate the information you have asked for. In
particular, it would be useful to know what time scale you are interested
in, as both “prior to April 2015” is mentioned then later in the request
“prior to August 2016” is referenced. Please can you clarify which period
you would like the data for?

 

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Dear FOI Mailbox,
I am sorry for the confusion. My request is for the period between 1st April 2015 and 15th August 2016.

Yours sincerely,

alan smithee

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Dear Mr Smithee,

Thank you for your information request, which you clarified on 15
November, regarding 5G mapping.

We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).

We can confirm that DCMS holds information within the scope of your
request. However, we have determined that some of this information may be
exempt from release under section 35 (formulation of government policy) of
the Act. This is a qualified exemption and, as such, it is necessary to
carry out a public interest test to consider whether, in all the
circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

By virtue of section 10(3) of the Act, where public authorities have to
carry out a public interest test, they do not have to comply with the
request until such time as is reasonable in the circumstances. Due to the
need to consider where the balance of the public interest lies in relation
to the information that you have requested, the Department will not be
able to respond to your request immediately. However, you will hear from
us as soon as possible and at the latest by 16 January.

Best regards,

Freedom of Information Team

DCMS

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Dear Mr Smithee,

I am writing further to our email to you of 14 December regarding your
information request where you asked:

“Please provide any correspondence or records of meetings with Ordnance
Survey (prior to 1st Paril 2015), Ordnance Survey Ltd, or either of their
subsidiaries or representatives, on the subject of 5G mapping.

5G mapping includes mapping processes and cell planning to facilitate the
deployment of 5G mobile networks, such as is described in OJEU procurement
exercise 2016/S112198945.

This request is for the period prior to 15 August 2016.

Clarified:

My request is for the period between 1st April 2015 and 15th August 2016.”

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).

Please see attached the information you have requested.

Please note that we consider some of the information exempt under section
35 (formulation of government policy) of the Act as it relates to general
5G policy development. Section 35 is a ‘qualified exemption’ and requires
us to carry out a public interest test to consider whether the balance of
interest lies in releasing or withholding the information. Please see
public interest test as follows:

In favour of disclosing the information

·        Greater transparency makes government more accountable to the
electorate and increases trust;

·        The desirability of citizens being confident that decisions are
taken on the basis of the best available information;

·        Knowledge that the arguments relating to a debate will be
released will in fact improve the quality of those arguments. Far from
inhibiting the frank provision of advice, there might be circumstances
where the prospect of disclosure would enhance the quality of advice.

In favour of withholding the information

·        Officials need space in which to develop their thinking and
explore different options in communications and discussions. We are
continuing to use the information at issue here to inform the development
of our ongoing policy on UK 5G technology;

·        Officials need to be able to think through all the implications
of different options. In particular, they need to be able to undertake
rigorous and candid assessments of the risks to particular programmes and
projects;

·        Good government depends on good decision making and this needs to
be based on the best advice available and a full consideration of all the
options - there may be a deterrent effect on external experts or
stakeholders who might be reluctant to provide advice because it might be
disclosed.

Some further information has also been redacted under section 40 (personal
information) of the Act. Section 40(2) exempts personal information from
disclosure if that information relates to someone other than the
applicant, and if disclosure of the information would, amongst other
things, contravene one of the data protection principles in schedule 1 of
the Data Protection Act.  In this case, I believe disclosure would
contravene the first data protection principle, which provides that
personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully.  Section 40(2) is an
absolute exemption and the department is not obliged to consider whether
the public interest favours disclosing the information.

 

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

 

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

 

Tel: 020 7211 6395

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