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Nuclear Tests

Volume 654: debated on Tuesday 27 February 1962

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11.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science how many experts from his Department will be sent to study the experimental nuclear test explosions in Nevada and on Christmas Island.

About fifteen scientists and engineers from the Atomic Energy Authority will participate in the British test in Nevada. No decision has yet been taken about holding tests at Christmas Island.

Can the hon. Gentleman give us any idea of what the cost will be? Are any of these scientists to be mathematicians as well? Is he aware that we have been told that this will cost a considerable sum of money? Can he give the House an approximate idea of what the taxpayer will pay for this experiment?

Of course, these fifteen scientists and engineers are, in any case, employed by the Atomic Energy Authority. I should like notice of the hon. Gentleman's question about the cost of their transport.

I do not think that I could tell the hon. and learned Gentleman anything about the actual details of the test.