HC Deb 03 May 1881 vol 260 cc1655-6

asked the Vice President of the Council, If he can inform the House what benefit is expected to be obtained by the extensive resurveys of the work done by the late Mr. Jukes, director of the Geological Survey of Ireland, in the counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, and Clare; whether these resurveys have been duly authorized by the Treasury; and, if not, on whose authority are they made; whether any, and what, discoveries have as yet resulted from them; and, whether he has any objection to lay the whole Correspondence on the subject upon the Table of the House?


Investigations since Mr. Jukes's death having thrown fresh light on the relations of the strata in the South of Ireland to the representative formations in Britain, a resurvey of the area was considered necessary by the Director in Ireland, Professor Hull. The reasons for this were stated to the Director General, Professor Ramsay, and approved by him. The re-survey was authorized by the Director General in the usual manner, it never having been the custom to consult the Treasury on minor matters of detail. Professor Ramsay states that during the progress of these investigations, now approaching completion, the observations of strata in the field have fully justified the re-survey, which is expected to be completed by the end of this summer, and will bring the Irish maps into complete accord with the British maps. The only correspondence is that between Professors Ramsay and Hull, which I shall be happy to show to the hon. Member, and he will, I think, agree that it is unnecessary to publish it. At a later period of the Session I hope to be able to state what steps have been taken by Her Majesty's Government to facilitate the survey.


Is not the English survey in bad condition?


acknowledged that that was the case.