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The word cadastre is not one commonly used in the UK however, where for historical reasons the development of land administration institutions has taken place in a different way from the rest of Europe. While mapping remains the basis for those activities considered as "cadastral", in the UK there is no single organisation responsible for the cadastre.
   Ordnance Survey, as a national mapping agency, maintains large scale mapping for England, Scotland, and Wales. In Northern Ireland this is the responsibility of Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland. The detailed digital mapping maintained by these two Government Agencies provides the definitive framework upon which other organisations can "hook" and manage their data. Another difference with most mainland European countries is that the base mapping in UK is topographic - it shows features that exist on the ground but not the fixed boundary points and monuments usually associated with a cadastre.
   The responsibility for the recording of land rights in the UK is divided between Her Majesty's Land Registry (HMLR - England and Wales), by Registers of Scotland (RoS) in Scotland, and Land Registers of Northern Ireland. Land and Property valuation is the responsibility of the Valuation Office Agency (for England and Wales), the Scottish Assessors Association in Scotland, and the Valuation and Lands Agency in Northern Ireland. Land Use information is managed by a number of Government Departments e.g. Environment, Agriculture, devolved Government departments, and by Local Authorities.
   While the organisational framework is different, many of the issues facing UK institutions are similar to those faced by our colleagues involved in cadastre in other parts of Europe. Issues such as serving customers, data interoperability, institutional and technological change, finances, and access to data, to name but few, will be high on our agendas in the coming years.


Maintained by the Directorate General for Cadastre. Ministry of Finance and Public Administration. Spain.