HC Deb 13 July 1960 vol 626 cc1391-2
45. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Air what study is being made in the Meteorological Office of the development of weather forecasting, using photographs of weather in the earth's atmosphere taken from satellites in space.

Mr. Ward

The Meteorological Office is keeping itself closely informed on work in this field, both through the World Meteorological Organisation and by direct contact with the United States authorities.

Mr. de Freitas

Will the Secretary of State impress on his colleagues that even a very modest contribution towards space research will directly benefit the weather forecasting, even if it can do nothing about the weather?

Mr. Ward

As the hon. Gentleman knows, the Government are not yet ready to make an announcement about their plans in the space research field generally.

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