Letter to the Editor of the Times

22-4-13

Charles Clover (Sunday Times 21-4-13) recounts Mrs Thatcher’s acceptance of environmental problems, but she was not the first Prime Minister to take steps to address them.

The Royal Commission on Environments Pollution, which she retained while abolishing the Royal Commissions, had been set up under Harold Wilson’s government (It was abolished by this government).

And it was Harold Wilson who pulled several Departments together to establish the Department of the Environment (with Tony Crosland as intended Secretary of State).

The Department of Climatic Research at the University of East Anglia was also set up at this time, with strong official approval.

My late husband, Wayland Kennet, a junior minster in the House of Lords, was actively engaged in all these developments – as he was later in the establishment of POST – the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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