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Information Fair Trader Scheme

Commitment by the Controller of HMSO

I am personally committed to making sure that we trade fairly in information. To show the strength of my commitment, both in HMSO and to our customers, I have asked independent consultants to verify that the organisation and decision making of HMSO support this commitment in practice.

I will insist that we strictly follow an open and transparent system of trading that meets the terms of the Competition Act 1998. My aim is that, in principle, we can meet all the needs of anyone who applies for a licence to re-use information for any purpose. We will publish any exceptions on our website and strictly follow them.

We set prices, and methods for setting prices (such as royalty schemes), in line with the role of information trading within central Government. We publish them on our website and strictly follow them. Any exceptions are described in full on the website and are available to anyone who qualifies for them.

I am committed to reducing as far as possible the administrative burden on people who re-use public sector information. I will make sure that we use processes for trading information that set quality standards for the rest of the public sector.

I will thoroughly investigate any complaints I receive that HMSO has broken this commitment. I will publish the complaints and the results of my investigations on our website. I will report complaints regularly to the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information.


Controller HMSO

Queen’s Printer for Scotland