§ SIR JOHN LUBBOCK (London University)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will publish the appendices and papers referred to in the Annual Report for 1897–98 on British New Guinea (C. 9046 26) recently issued, especially those relating to scientific subjects, referred to on pp. 75–77 of the Report, and designated by Sir W. MacGregor as of considerable interest and of much importance; and whether he will encourage the preparation of such Reports in future by affording facilities for their publication for the benefit of scientific research.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN,) Birmingham, W.
The papers referred to are all published in Queensland, and copies are regularly furnished by my department to the various learned societies to whom they are likely to be of interest. It is the usual practice to publish any reports of general interest or utility not already published elsewhere.