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About the Open Government Licence

The Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) has developed this licence as a tool to enable Information Providers in the public sector to license the use and re-use of their Information under a common open licence. The Controller invites public sector bodies owning their own copyright and database rights to permit the use of their Information under this licence.

The Controller of HMSO has authority to license Information subject to copyright and database right owned by the Crown. The extent of the Controller's offer to license this Information under the terms of this licence is set out in the UK Government Licensing Framework.

This is version 1.0 of the Open Government Licence. The Controller of HMSO may, from time to time, issue new versions of the Open Government Licence. However, you may continue to use Information licensed under this version should you wish to do so.

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