HC Deb 02 November 1966 vol 735 cc112-3W
Mr. Whitaker

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much Great Britain is at present spending on research on affecting or controlling the weather; and what progress is being made.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

Meteorological Office research, costing about £800,000 a year, is mainly directed to a better understanding of basic weather processes, including the general circulation of the atmosphere and the formation and behaviour of clouds. A better understanding of these processes is an essential prerequisite for any significant progress in weather control. The Office keeps in touch with weather control work abroad.