§ 26. Mr. Goodhart
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what extra funds will be made available to the Natural Environment Research Council for the implementation of the flood control research programme recommended by the Institute of Civil Engineers.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
None, Sir. The programme will be funded in the normal way through the Science Vote. The cost is estimated at £250,000 over five years.
§ Mr. Goodhart
As the hon. Lady said, the programme is costly and the problem is urgent. If extra funds are not made available, will not the work of the council be distorted?
§ Mrs. Williams
I should make it clear that this study is related to the hydro-logical aspects of flood research and not to other aspects. It will be carried out by the Institute of Hydrology with due urgency. The Institute is a component body of the Natural Environment Research Council, and, therefore, extra funds are not required for it.