HC Deb 25 January 1955 vol 536 cc8-9W
77. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the accumulating evidence of increasing violence in extremes of weather now affecting the United Kingdom and the unpredictable loss and hardship which have struck sections of the population; and whether he is prepared to appoint a committee to make an appreciation of the problem and to consider the desirability of including such acts of God as risks properly to be provided for by national insurance.

Mr. R. A. Butler

While I am very far from indifferent to the many hardships to which the weather gives rise, I do not think that either the narrative of history or the research of modern science indicate that our climate is becoming less temperate, and I therefore consider that there is no case for appointing a committee.