The Permanent Committee on Geographical Names

 for British Official Use



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The Committee comprises representatives from the following organizations:


British Broadcasting Corporation Monitoring Service

Intelligence Collection Group (ICG) (formerly Defence Geospatial Intelligence)

Defence Intelligence

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Government Communications Headquarters

Hydrographic Office

Ordnance Survey

Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers

Royal Scottish Geographical Society



The permanent staff of the Committee (1 Secretary and 2 Toponymists) are accommodated in the Committee’s offices which, to serve inter-departmental interests, are located within the House of the Royal Geographical Society.


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Last modified February 2010