Flood Control Research Programme (N.E.R.C.)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 1969.

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Photo of Mr Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham 12:00 am, 6th March 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what extra funds will be made available to the Natural Environment Research Council for the implementation of the flood control research programme recommended by the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

None, Sir. The programme will be funded in the normal way through the Science Vote. The cost is estimated at £250,000 over five years.

Photo of Mr Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham

As the hon. Lady said, the programme is costly and the problem is urgent. If extra funds are not made available, will not the work of the council be distorted?

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

I should make it clear that this study is related to the hydro-logical aspects of flood research and not to other aspects. It will be carried out by the Institute of Hydrology with due urgency. The Institute is a component body of the Natural Environment Research Council, and, therefore, extra funds are not required for it.