§ Mr. MITCHELL-THOMSON
asked whether sanction has been refused since the conclusion of the Anglo-Russian Convention to the setting out of expeditions from India to Thibet for purposes of 30 exploration and research; and, if so, for what reason?
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
It was decided in 1906, on grounds of general policy, that it was inexpedient to ask the Thibetan Government for facilities for British explorers in Thibet. The Notes appended to the Anglo-Russian Convention, referred to by the hon. Member, were in accordance with the policy of that decision. The only application received by the Secretary of State since the date of the Convention was necessarily refused.