§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which representatives of his Department attended the 1996 British Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Birmingham; what use his Department has made of the environmental research made public at the annual British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting; and what role his Department plans to take in the dissemination of environmental research results presented at the meeting. 
§ Mr. Clappison
Professional staff of the Department attend a wide range of scientific conferences which present opportunities to gather timely information or to pursue DOE research programme interests. At this year's British Association for the Advancement of Science conference, a session on water resources was chaired by an inspector from the Department's drinking water inspectorate. Dissemination of results presented is the responsibility of the conference organisers, the principal means being the conference itself.