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Information Fair Trader Scheme

Land Registry is a fully accredited Information Fair Trader (IFTS), which means that we are open, fair and transparent in all our dealings with our customers.

Our Chief Executive has made a personal commitment to the scheme.

The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) is responsible for assessing whether or not an agency can be accredited as an Information Fair Trader and to ensure high standards are maintained it does this every two years.

For more information about the Information Fair Trader (IFTS) scheme and the role OPSI plays please visit the website:

Fair Information Trader Principles and Practices

Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive

I am personally committed to making sure that we trade in information fairly. To show the strength of my commitment I have applied for a Fair Trader Certificate from the controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). I am making all the administrative changes needed to make sure that I can support the following statement with confidence.

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

The role of information trading is written into our business model. We set prices, and methods for setting prices (such as royalty schemes), in line with the role of information trading within my business model. We will publish them on the website and strictly follow them. Any exceptions will be described in full on the website, and will be available to anyone who qualifies for them.

I am committed to reducing as far as possible the administrative burden on people who reuse public sector information. I will make sure that we use processes for trading information that are similar to those of the rest of the public sector.

I will tell the Controller of HMSO about any complaints I receive that my organisation has broken this commitment, and I will investigate them thoroughly. If HMSO decide to investigate a complaint, I will allow the HMSO investigation team to see the relevant staff and records.

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