HC Deb 16 March 1955 vol 538 c1281
30. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been drawn to the unanimous recommendation of a meeting of the North Sea Meteorologist Service, attended by representatives of Britain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Norway, Holland, Sweden, and West Germany, that measures should be taken to improve meteorological information and weather forecasting; and what action he proposes to take.

The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Mr. George Ward)

Yes, Sir. The Meteorological Office is co-operating with the meteorological authorities in the other countries concerned to see what more can be done.

Major Anstruther-Gray

May we take it from that reply that fresh efforts will be made in this direction, in view of the fact that the lives of men are at stake?

Mr. Ward

Yes, Sir, certainly. As I say, we are co-operating with the other countries concerned in a thorough examination of the whole problem.

Mr. Hector Hughes

What steps are being taken to make this meteorological information available to trawlers in the North Sea and in the seas further north?

Mr. Ward

That is one of the subjects which will be considered by the committee.

Mr. Hughes

What steps are being taken?