HC Deb 16 February 1875 vol 222 c394

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether in view of the small value for scientific purposes of isolated observations in the Arctic Regions in comparison with simultaneous observations at different places, and in view also of the interest now taken in Arctic science by foreign Governments, he will postpone for one season the departure of the proposed British Arctic Expedition, and in the interval communicate with Foreign Governments, with a view to the organisation of other expeditions to make scientific observations simultaneously with our own at fixed times?


I am not prepared to take the course suggested by the hon. Gentleman. The preparations for the Expedition are now far advanced, and I should regard his project of combination with other Powers to attain the objects in view as one beset with difficulties.