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The Government and Inland Water Survey

    Naturevolume 134pages157159 (1934) | Download Citation



    THE short official statement published in NATUBE of July 21, p. 93, of the reception by the Minister of Health of the joint deputation from the British Association and the Institution of Civil Engineers, in reference to the memorial previously addressed by those bodies to the Prime Minister on the urgent need for the institution of a National Inland Water Survey, will have been read by those most keenly interested in the subject with a sense of profound disappointment. Despite the assurance of Sir Hilton Young that the suggestions of the memorialists would receive the most careful consideration of the Government, the underlying implication of his remarks that the sources of information at the disposal of the Ministry of Health are considered (with some possible slight amplification in detail) adequate for meeting the requirements of the situation, has created a feeling of serious misgiving. There is a growing conviction that the matter is being sidetracked for departmental reasons, and that the real nature of the application and its vital importance are not properly realised.

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