§ 46. Mr. Fleming
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, as representing the Lord President of the Council, whether he is now able to make any further statement with reference to the removal from Manchester of the branch office of the Geological Survey?
§ The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Earl Winterton)
Yes, Sir. The original decision to close the Manchester office was taken in the interests of the most economic operation of the Geological Survey as a whole. I am glad, however, to be able to say that, after a careful review of all the circumstances, an arrangement has been possible whereby, without serious disturbance of the work of the Survey, the office can be retained. This arrangement may need to be reviewed at a later date in the light of experience but, in any such review, local interests will be carefully and sympathetically considered.