Volcanoes: Monitoring

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much grant funding has been awarded to the Met Office for volcanic ash weather monitoring in each of the last three years.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

No grant funding has been awarded to the Met Office for this purpose in the time period specified. However the Met Office received a £3M grant in 2013 to build, operate and maintain a ground based observing capability (LiDAR network) for the purpose of detecting and measuring volcanic ash. This network become operational in 2017 and continues to be used.

The operational costs of this network are funded as part of the aviation services which the Met Office provides on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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