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EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposed new (a) revenue streams and (b) opportunities to sell products and services his Department has discussed with the Met Office; and if he will make a statement. (295216)

As part of the Met Office’s business planning, the development of new and innovative weather and climate services for both Government and commercial customers is being pursued, For example, the Met Office has recently launched new web services for the aviation and marine industries to help with operational decision-making. It has also identified potential for services to better support health care planning and delivery and to help society plan for and adapt to climate change.

Work is also under way on the next steps of the Operational Efficiency Programme review of the Met Office. This will examine, among other things, the potential to expand the Met Office’s commercial activities and opportunities to develop specific services in some cases with private sector partners.