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Atomic Energy (Information)

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Supply when and in what form it is proposed to inform Parliament as to the extent of Government expenditure to date at Harwell Atomic Research and Development Station and the several purposes for which such expenditure has been incurred.

Subject to considerations of the public interest, Parliament will be kept fully informed of the progress of atomic energy in this country in accordance with normal Parliamentary procedure.


asked the Minister of Supply what objections he has to the organisation of an atomic energy train exhibition to tour Great Britain this autumn.

I have no sort of objection. Quite the contrary. There are, however, transport difficulties which I am discussing with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport.


asked the Minister of Supply what representations or advice His Majesty's Government have received from the U.S. Government in connection with a proposed visit of Press representatives to His Majesty's Government's atomic research station at Harwell; what are the reasons for the postponement of the Press visit to Harwell research station; and whether he will give a categorical assurance that the public of Great Britain have access to all reasonable information concerning the peaceful development of atomic energy irrespective of advice tendered from other countries.

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "None." As to the second part, I do not think that the present is an opportune time for a Press visit to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment. The answer to the third part is, "Yes."