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Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications the Polar Regions Unit has (a) received and (b) granted for British expeditions to Antarctica in the last three years. (317079)

The Polar Regions Unit received and issued 82 permit applications during the last three years, comprising 26 applications during 2009, 27 applications during 2008 and 29 applications during 2007.