Geological Survey.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons at on 29 April 1937.

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Photo of Mr William Kelly Mr William Kelly , Rochdale

asked the Lord President of the Council whether he is aware that many sections of the Geological Survey are nearly 100 years old or more since the last revision; and whether the Government will so increase the staff as to enable a reasonably up to date standard to be maintained throughout all parts of the country?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Combined Scottish Universities

The Geological Survey is intended for economic as well as for scientific purposes. It is not surprising, therefore, that some areas have been surveyed on several occasions and others have had little or no revision. About 13 per cent. of the area of Great Britain is represented by Geological Survey maps of about 8o years ago. Another 9 per cent., in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, has still to be surveyed. About 15 years ago the scientific field staff, which now numbers 5o, was increased by 5o per cent. The staff of the Geological Survey and Museum numbers 155, as compared with 82 in 1920. The work of the Survey and the staff employed was specially reviewed by the Advisory Council in 1933, and I have recently asked for further information.

Photo of Mr William Kelly Mr William Kelly , Rochdale

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, when he has that report before him, it will be made known to the House, as there is urgent need for this staff to be increased in order to complete this work?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Combined Scottish Universities

If it seems at all necessary and sufficiently important, I shall certainly communicate it to the House.