HC Deb 27 July 1965 vol 717 cc46-7W
7. Sir D. Renton

asked the Minister of Technology what progress has been made in recent months in research into and development of methods of converting sea water into drinkable fresh water.

Mr. Cousins

The collaborative programme between the Atomic Energy Authority and industry is under way. A design study for a 30 million gallon a day plant, applying flash distillation techniques, has been completed in conjunction with Weir Westgarth Ltd. Further work on improving the techniques and economics of the process is in progress; and other methods of desalination are also being studied.