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Environmental Adviser

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he used in choosing Professor Hoskins as his adviser on environmental matters; for how long the appointment is; and what payments will be made to Professor Hoskins for his assistance.

Professor Hoskins is professor of meteorology at Reading university and is a leading authority on global warming, climatic change and related matters. As such he appeared to my right hon. Friend to be a suitable person to advise him on the implications of these issues for transport policy.Professor Hoskins is a part-time special adviser and does not have a fixed-term appointment. As is the normal practice with special advisers his remuneration is determined by reference to his current level of earnings and is therefore confidential.