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Private Firms

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Supply what steps he is taking to enable private firms to increase their participation in the development of atomic energy.

Although the time is not yet ripe for large-scale participation by industry in the development of atomic energy, industrial firms are helping in preliminary studies of the feasibility and design of power reactors. Every encouragement and assistance is being given to the development of industrial applications of radio-active isotopes.

Will the right hon. Gentleman, without involving any security considerations, continue to ensure that private industry has a full chance of collaborating in this work?

Yes, Sir; as I indicated we are closely in touch with industry in this matter.

On a point of order. May we have some candles brought in, Mr. Speaker?

We have to get over our teething troubles in this new Chamber. I will do my best.