§ 38. Mr. MacKENZIE LIVINGSTONE
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will consider the desirability of arranging, by a commission or otherwise, for a complete geophysical survey of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, in order that the mineral resources of those regions may be scientifically explored?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Major Elliot)
I am advised that geophysical methods of exploration for minerals are at present largely in the experimental stage. His Majesty's Geological Survey have recently undertaken a series of tests, which are still in progress, to determine the value of the gravitational method in detecting geological structures. In addition, under a scheme financed by the Empire Marketing Board and the Australian Government, experimental geophysical investigations are about to begin in Australia. It. is considered inadvisable at present to undertake a large and costly survey on the lines suggested by the hon. Member.