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Meteorological Committee

Volume 25: debated on Friday 18 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the names of the chairman and members of the meteorological committee, with details of their relevant qualifications; and what consultations there were with users of Meteorological Office services before these appointments were agreed.


Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer Bt., FRS—Professor of Mathematics, University of Cambridge.


Professor A. H. Bunting CMG, D.Phil—Professor of Agricultural Development Overseas, University of Reading.

Professor H. Charnock FRS—Professor of Physical Oceanography, University of Southampton.

Professor P. H. Fowler FRS—Royal Society Research Professor, Physics Department, University of Bristol.

Mr. J. Miller, MA, FCIOB, FCI Arb—Chairman, Miller Construction Northern Ltd.

Mr. J. McHugh, C Eng—Member for Production and Supply, British Gas Corporation.

Mr. G. Williams, OBE, DSc., MA—Director-General, United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association.

* Sir John Mason, CB, FRS—Director-General Meteorological Office.

* Mr. D. C. Humphreys, CMG—Deputy Under Secretary of State (Air), Ministry of Defence.

* Air Vice Marshal K. W. Hayr, CBE, AFC—Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations).

* Captain D. C. Blacker, BSc., Royal Navy—Director of Naval Oceanography and Meteorology.

* Mr. F. A. White—Director of Control (General), Civil Aviation Authority.


* Mr. F. R. Howell, MBE, FCIS—Secretary, Meteorological Office.

* Ex officio.

Apart from defence services and civil aviation, who are the two largest, it is not possible for all the many users of meteorological services to be permanently represented on the committee. My right Hon. Friend seeks to maintain a balance from the larger users of both research and services, consulting representative bodies in the universities, public corporations and utilities, industry, shipping and commerce, as vacancies occur.