I cannot conclude without expressing regret that circumstances during the year have prevented me from attending more than one of the meetings of the Standing Committee held during the year. Under these conditions Mr Aston, as Vice-president, has proved a tower of strength. By prompt and full correspondence we have kept in touch with one another, and he has succeeded in keeping me fully conversant with the business of the committee. It was partly to provide for such conditions that the office of Vice-president was instituted, and I can assure the Board that, in this respect, the office has fully justified itself. I thank Mr Aston heartily for his assistance, and apologise for the extra work my absence from meetings has imposed on him.