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Atomic Power (International Development)

Volume 531: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Works if he is aware that the Soviet Government have claimed that they have completed the first atomic power station; how far this country has progressed in this field; and whether he will approach the Soviet Government with a request that they should share their knowledge with Britain on a reciprocity basis.

I have seen the statement referred to, which clearly relates to a pilot plant. United Kingdom effort in this field is being directed primarily to the erection of the full-scale plant now being built at Calder Hall.With regard to the last part of the Question, I have nothing to add to the Prime Minister's expression of regret in answer to Questions on 20th July, that the Russians have not agreed to join in President Eisenhower's scheme for the international development of the peaceful uses of atomic energy, and my right hon. Friend's statement that the invitation remains open.