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Meteorological Office: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government have provided by way of grants or subsidies to (a) the Met Office and (b) the Met Office Hadley Centre in each financial year since 1998. (227855)

The Government have provided no grants or subsidies to the Met Office. The Met Office is a trading fund within the MOD and, as such, is paid by its customers, both government and commercial, to provide a range of weather and climate related services. In the last 10 years, the Met Office has received the following revenue from government customers:

£000

Government

Of which: Hadley Centre

2007-08

131,092

20,983

2006-07

125,909

18,764

2005-06

124,317

16,704

2004-05

119,790

15,628

2003-04

116,521

14,117

2002-03

110,592

11,833

2001-02

108,085

11,584

2000-01

106,434

11,374

1999-2000

106,303

11,363

1998-99

104,305

10,832

Notes: 1. Revenue is also received from the Civil Aviation Authority for the Met Office's public task. In 2007-08 this amounted to £18,211,000. 2. The Met Office also provides weather and climate related services on a commercial basis. In 2007-08 this generated revenue of £26,989,000.