§ Mr. Frank Cook
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state (a) on how many occasions since 1980 there has been a period of seven consecutive days, commencing on a Monday and ending of a Sunday, when the average temperature in Cleveland, or at the nearest meteorological office, recorded over such a seven-day period was minus 1.5 degC or less and (b) on how many occasions during the last 50 years such an average temperature for such a period has been recorded either for Cleveland or by the nearest meteorological office.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The only location within Cleveland for which the Meteorological Office receives temperature data is the voluntary climatological station at Hartburn Grange, near Stockton-on-Tees. At this location there has been a total of five weeks since 1980 during which the average temperatures were below—1.5 degC. The only nearby station with records going back 50 years is the voluntary climatological station at Durham University. Here there has been a total of 26 weeks with average temperatures—1.5 degC or lower since 1936.