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Aircraft (Radioactive Contamination)

Volume 649: debated on Monday 13 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Aviation whether, in view of the need to protect the health of all persons involved in the use and servicing of the aircraft operated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways, he will give a general direction to the Corporations to investigate the extent to which their aircraft have been contaminated by radiation in the atmosphere as a result of the recent series of Russian nuclear tests.

The Air Corporations are fully aware of the problem of possible radioactive contamination and already have the necessary steps in hand for monitoring aircraft—in co-operation with the Radiological Protection Service—and for decontamination of any found to be affected.