§ MR. J. F. HOGAN (Tipperary, Mid)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the Admiralty is disposed to co-operate with the Colonies and the 757 scientific societies in the proposed resumption of Antarctic exploration; and, if so, to what extent?
§ THE CIVIL LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN,) Worcestershire, E.
The Admiralty have been in communication with the Royal Society with reference to Antarctic exploration. The Board has been unable to promise co-operation either by the loan of ships or of officers, as officers cannot be spared at present for expeditions which may keep them away from their ordinary duties for long periods of time; but they have informed the society that if they can render any assistance by the loan of instruments, or by any information which their experience enables them to give, they will be very glad to do so.