HC Deb 09 March 1962 vol 655 c104W
Mr. Skeffington

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science (1) whether any of the councils for which he is responsible have considered the advantage of providing in the southern hemisphere a large telescope similar to Isaac Newton's, in view of the suitable climatic conditions within the Commonwealth in the southern hemisphere;

(2) what discussions have taken place with Commonwealth and Colonial Governments about the need for providing a large telescope in the southern hemisphere.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

The Advisory Council on Scientific Policy pointed out in its Report of 1959–60 that the needs of British optical astronomy required access to a large telescope of about 120 inches in diameter in the Southern Hemisphere. Various schemes involving international co-operation have been studied by the Departments concerned and there has been consultation with other countries, both within and outside the Commonwealth, which might be interested in participating in a joint project. Examination of possible schemes is continuing but no decision has yet been reached.

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