asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about the study which he and the Zoological Society of London are undertaking into the future of the society.
Preliminary work to gather essential factual information about the Zoological Society's affairs is being undertaken by a study team consisting of Dr. Martin Holdgate, chief scientist at the Department of the Environment, Lord Chorley, a director of Coopers and Lybrand Associates Ltd. and Professor John Phillips, secretary of the Zoological Society of London. The work is being financed jointly by the Department and the Zoological Society of London. They will report to Ministers and to the society's council by the beginning of June. It will then be necessary to consider what further steps would be needed to put the society on a sound footing, and what form these would take.