HC Deb 03 February 1970 vol 795 cc206-7
29. Mr. John Hall

asked the Secretary of State for Local Government and Regional Planning what research is being undertaken or sponsored by his Department into the effect of air pollution on the weather, both over the British Isles and the world as a whole; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Crosland

A great deal of research is being done in this and other countries, to help us to understand the effects of air pollution on weather and climate. In this country, the Meteorological Office takes the lead, and has in hand a considerable programme of research with which I am in close touch.

Mr. Hall

Is the Minister aware that research in the United States seems to indicate that over the world as a whole nearly 1,000 million tons of man-made pollutants are discharged into the air every year and this is having marked effects on the climate, one of which is to produce more rain? As we have enough rain in this country already, should he not give some priority to this research?

Mr. Crosland

I should have thought the winter sunshine pouring through the windows of this Chamber this afternoon was a remarkable tribute to the efforts of this Government.