§ 30. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what study he is making of the potential benefit of the British marine science programme to food problems in developing countries.
§ Mr. Oram
The Oceanography and Fisheries Committee of the Natural Environment Research Council has already considered the question of assistance to fisheries research and development in developing countries and the matter is to be considered again at its next meeting. Our Fisheries Adviser sits as an assessor on that Committee and the Ministry is therefore well placed to study the potential benefit of any British marine science programme to food production in developing countries.
§ Mr. Dalyell
Am I right in thinking that that was an extremely helpful Answer and that the Government are taking the matter seriously?
§ 31. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what are his proposals for an international marine science programme, with a view to promoting projects of desalination of sea-water and the increased production of fish protein concentrate in developing countries.
§ Mr. Dalyell
Although I understand that basically the Ministry of Technology is responsible here, is my hon. Friend aware that the progress with desalination 734 techniques over the last two years has made possible from an economic point of view things which were not possible even two years ago, and will he look into the work that the Ministry of Technology and the Atomic Energy Authority are doing?
§ Sir B. Craddock
Would the hon. Gentleman look at the very interesting article in The Times today on desalination, with particular reference to helping Israel and the Arab countries in this way?