Charges for Map Data

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I request under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 the following and would be grateful for any response.

a) The sum in total, if any, spent on maps, map procurement, processing and distribution on-line and in paper form during either financial or calendar year 2006;

b) the proportion or absolute amount, if any, of the sum (a) spent on licenses or other fees to Ordnance Survey;

c) the proportion or absolute amount, if any, of the sum (a) which was paid for by council tax;

d) the proportion or absolute amount, if any, of the sum (c) broken down in to council tax house bands on a per-household basis.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Wood

Mayor of London, Greater London Authority

Dear Mr Woods

Thank you for email requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act. These are the questions that you have requested information about:
a) The sum in total, if any, spent on maps, map procurement, processing and distribution on-line and in paper form during either
financial or calendar year 2006;

It is not possible to provide you with a definitive answer to this question or to break down the expenditure into the exact categories as requested. However what we can say is that in the financial year 2006-07 we estimate the GLA spent the following on mapping and GIS related services:

GIS related training £750
GIS software products and maintenance £15,700
Plotter supplies for map production £415
GIS and mapping data licences £76,850

b) the proportion or absolute amount, if any, of the sum (a) spent on licenses or other fees to Ordnance Survey;

In addition to this the GLA employed a dedicated Geographic Information Support Officer at an approximate salary of £28,000. There may be other expenditure items of which a proportion was attributable to GIS or mapping activities but it is not possible to distinguish this. The total amount spent on GIS data licenses from the Ordnance Survey was £56,596 for the 2006/07 financial year.

c) the proportion or absolute amount, if any, of the sum (a) which was paid for by council tax;

d) the proportion or absolute amount, if any, of the sum (c) broken down in to council tax house bands on a per-household basis.

The GLA's total gross expenditure, like Local Authorities, is funded from a combination of general government grant, council tax, fees and charges and specific grants. The funding is matched to the total expenditure, and not the individual component parts, to ensure that a balanced budget is prepared for each financial year. It is not therefore possible, to state what percentage of council tax is used to fund expenditure on maps, map procurement, processing, distribution, licences or other fees.

If you have any further questions relating to this matter, please contact me, ensuring that you quote the reference at the top of this email.
If you are unhappy with the way the GLA has handled your request, you may complain using the GLA's comments and complaints procedure, available at http://www.london.gov.uk/gla/comments/in...

John Moyles
Head of Financial Services
GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY
City Hall, London
SE1 2AA
Tel: 020 7983 4204
Fax: 020 7983 4241
[email address]

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