HC Deb 08 February 1962 vol 653 c605
20. Sir B. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the scientific expedition organised by the Royal Society which is visiting Tristan da Cunha; when he will send an expedition to find out the conditions on this island; and whether it will be possible for those who lived on it, and who may wish to go back, to return.

Mr. Maudling

An expedition organised by the Royal Society to study the scientific causes underlying the eruption and its effects on the fauna and flora of Tristan was landed on Tristan on 29th and 30th January by the South African frigate "Transvaal". The expedition expect to return towards the end of March and I shall of course study their report. Meanwhile I have no plans for any other expedition. I doubt whether the island will ever be safe for permanent resettlement.

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