HC Deb 07 March 1910 vol 14 c1143

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that during the Antarctic voyage of the Scottish National Antarctic ship "Scotia," in 1902–3, the captain of the "Scotia" put in at the Falkland Islands and applied to the representative of the Board of Admiralty for a supply of coal; what price was charged by the Admiralty; whether any purchase of coal was made by the captain of the "Scotia;" and whether the Admiralty made a charge for scientific apparatus lent to the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. McKenna)

Supplies of coal were made to the captain of the "Scotia" in December, 1903, and February, 1904, from the Admiralty stock at the Falkland Islands, and repayment was made to the Admiralty at the then standard official price, namely, £170 for 68½ tons of coal, including labour charges for handling. No charge was made for loan of scientific apparatus.