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International Polar Year

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will increase financial support to the Arctic Synoptic Basin-Wide Oceanography programme to coincide with the International Polar Year. [HL982]

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which is funded by the department, has allocated approximately £1.6 million in funding to the Arctic Synoptic Basin-wide Oceanography project between 2007-08 and 2010-11. NERC has not received any request for extension of the original award or for additional financial support. Any such request would have to go through the normal NERC assessment processes.