HC Deb 28 October 1976 vol 918 c366W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what are the composition and terms of reference of the Hydrographic Strategic Review Body; and if he will list the names and qualifications of his members;

(2) how often the Hydrographic Strategic Review Body meets; and if it will publish any report, conclusions or findings.

Mr. Duffy

The present composition of the Hydrographic Strategic Review Body is as follows:

Chairman: Mr. R. M. Hastie-Smith, Assistant Under-Secretary of State (Naval Staff), Ministry of Defence.
Members: Appropriate representatives of:
Her Majesty's Treasury
Department of Energy
Department of the Environment
Ministry of Defence
Department of Trade
Ministry of Overseas Development

Its terms of reference are: To review strategically the national programme of hydrographic surveying.

It met for the first time on 12th May 1976, will meet not less frequently than once a year, and will provide a valuable forum for relevant interdepartmental discussion. The non-Government interests in the programme are taken into account through consultations prior to meetings of the review body. I do not envisage that it will publish reports, though its work may be reflected in ministerial decisions of which the House will be informed as appropriate.