HC Deb 14 March 1983 vol 39 cc3-4W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the work of the RRS Bransfield.

Mr. William Shelton

RRS Bransfield was built in 1970 specifically to provide logistic support for the British Antartic survey. The main work of Bransfield is to re-supply and refuel BAS Antarctic stations during the austral summer season. This Antarctic summer her main task has been support for the re-building of Halley station. In the past, Bransfield has also participated in marine geophysical surveys and experiments in the physical sciences, has supported geological and biological field parties, and has undertaken limited hydrographic survey work.