Skip to main content

Nuclear War

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.


asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what numbers of casualties he expects in the event of nuclear war; and how his Department proposes to deal with the dead and dying.

The number of casualties would be directly related to the scale and pattern of the attack which cannot be predicted. Whatever the scale, enormous casulties would result, but there would be many more survivors. District authorities and London boroughs would be responsible for arranging for the burial of the dead, when radioactivity had decayed. The arrangements would depend on the magnitude of the task.