HC Deb 23 October 1989 vol 158 cc319-20W
Dr. Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what access to the United Nations global resource information database and the United Nations global environmental monitoring system is afforded to United Kingdom research institutes, univer-sities, polytechnics and colleges; and if he will make a statement on the utility of these United Nations data systems for developing environmental education in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Jackson

I understand that United Kingdom researchers are able to gain access to data from the global resource information database through a local centre of the global environment monitoring system. This is situated at the monitoring and assessment research centre in the university of London, King's College. The databases are of considerable sophistication and would hence be inappropriate for general use in environmental education at school level.