Met Office: Reviews

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 13th October 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has met representatives of the Met Office to discuss the recommendations of the Operational Efficiency programme review that the Met Office should introduce private capital in some areas; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

The OEP review process is conducted through extensive consultations and dialogue between the Met Office, Ministry of Defence and the Shareholder Executive on all issues connected with the review, including the potential introduction of private capital. The introduction of private capital was identified as only one of the available options which could help enhance the commercial opportunities available to the Met Office. Ministers are kept informed on the progress on all options.

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