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Weather Modification (Field Trials)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 28 October 1954

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what progress has been made by the Meteorological Office in studying the problem of weather modification.

The Meteorological Office has completed a plan for the large-scale field trials necessary to test the effectiveness of proposed methods of weather modification which I mentioned in my written reply to the hon. Member for Lincoln (Mr. de Freitas) on 15th June, 1954. Preparations are now being made by the Meteorological Office to carry out the trials themselves. We hope to start them in the spring or summer of next year, but it will, of course, be some years before any conclusions of scientific value can be drawn from them.