§ 2.41 p.m.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any evidence that atomic explosions have, or are likely to have, any effect upon the weather.]>
§ LORD CARRINGTON
No, my Lords, there is no evidence that nuclear explosions have any significant effect on the weather except for a brief period in the immediate area of the explosion. As to the future, I am informed that only a series of explosions on an unprecedented scale which was deliberately contrived to pollute the high atmosphere might have a lasting effect on the weather. Such a possibility is hardly conceivable.
§ LORD ECCLES
My Lords, as so many erroneous rumours are spread on this subject, would my noble friend see that some publicity is given to his Answer?
§ LORD BOOTHBY
My Lords, may I ask the noble Lord how in the circumstances he accounts for our present weather?