§ 17. Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about the review of the future of Ordnance Survey maps.
§ Mr. Bennett
Will the Minister reconsider his answer? The remit of the review committee was to produce a plan for the 1980s. The Government seem to be promising continually to make statements but never actually produce them. Does he realise that, if they are not careful, a large period of the remit for the review will be up before any opinion has been offered?
§ Mr. King
I am not sure what the hon. Gentleman wants me to withdraw. Does he not wish me to make a full statement of the Government's views? This is an important report. The hon. Gentleman, I know, takes some interest in these matters. We have considered carefully the comments made to us and the consultations that have taken place since the publication of the report. We shall make a statement shortly.
§ Mr. Costain
Is the Minister aware of the large increase in the cost of Ordnance Survey maps? Is he satisfied that they have not been raised to a price at which people will stop buying them?
§ Mr. Nicholas Baker
Will my right hon. Friend consider whether the staff of Ordnance Survey should be carrying out their duties preparing maps or whether they should continue to compete with private surveyors in offering surveying services?