HC Deb 05 July 1972 vol 840 c523
3. Mr. Norman Lamont

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what part Great Britain will be playing in the global monitoring programme agreed at Stockholm.

Mr. Peter Walker

I welcome the conference recommendations for improved Earthwatch programmes, particularly for monitoring of the atmosphere. The United Kingdom will make a full contribution. Details are being worked out in the World Meteorological and other international organisations, and I shall make a further announcement as need be.

Mr. Lamont

Is not this an area in which Britain has considerable experience, both in techniques and sophisticated instrumentation? As my right hon. Friend recently said that were he starting in business today he would be in the anti-pollution field, will he encourage the development and use of British technology for this purpose?

Mr. Walker

There is a wide range of activities in this field. There is immense opportunity for this country, particularly in this respect, and we shall liaise with the Department of Trade and Industry to see that every advantage is taken of it.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that monitoring in all three elements—land, water and air—is vital as they are intimately connected?

Mr. Walker

I very much agree.

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