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Acacia Project Begins First Pilots

15 April 2003

A multi-agency project to design and implement a single national infrastructure of property addresses and related data is set to begin its first pilot work with local authorities.

The programme, known as 'Acacia', will replace the thousands of separate address lists currently in use and is regarded by Ministers as a major initiative in joined-up government.

Initial pilots to test the programme's technical and organisational aspect are expected to take place in South Gloucester and Basingstoke, with detailed discussions with the councils concerned commencing soon. Early results from the trials should become available in mid-September.

Acacia's Programme Executive Board, which includes representatives from the HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and the Local Government Information House, also plan to launch a similar pilot with a Scottish local authority.

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