§ 131. Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the working of the Centre for Environmental Studies; and what financial provision the Government are currently making towards its operation.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
I have recently announced the Government's intention to continue their financial support for the Centre over the next five years. In the first two years of that period we shall contribute £200,000 a year, which is more than double the average annual grant during the first five years of the Centre's life. The Centre has a vital ôle to play in undertaking and sponsoring research into the problems of the physical environment.