Feeds

Tories may cut Met Office funding

Defence budget cuts may mean privatised climate change

Security for virtualized datacentres

The UK's Met Office may receive far less cash - or none at all - from the Ministry of Defence under a Tory future government, the shadow defence minister has said.

The BBC reports today that Liam Fox, Conservative spokesman on Defence, has said that funding for the Met Office may fall a victim to the need for cost-cutting at the MoD if the Tories take power next year.

"There's a very strong case to look at the assets of the MoD and say do these deliver anything for the front line?" Fox told the Beeb over the weekend.

"We can't afford to have 16 per cent of the whole civil service in the MoD," he added. The MoD is currently responsible for approximately five per cent of government spending.

The Met Office has been part of the MoD and its predecessors for most of its history, and today receives a majority of its funding out of the Defence budget. However the MoD has already declined to keep paying for the Office's global warming research, having cut funding for the Hadley Centre for Climate Change this summer.

If the Met Office's Defence funding were further cut, it would either have to shrink or find more private-sector clients. The Hadley Centre was intended to make the Office more self-supporting by gleaning revenue from business on how to cope with the effects of global warming.

Thus far, though, most of the Office's cash still comes from the taxpayers. The Hadley Centre's slow start in the private sector may have followed from the fact that there has actually been a slight global cooling in the past couple of years (though not enough to offset past temperature rises); and perhaps the non-appearance for the third year in a row of a predicted scorching summer. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.