HC Deb 09 October 1945 vol 414 cc25-6
55. Sir Frank Sanderson

asked the Prime Minister what steps have already been taken to speed up research in Britain into the industrial use of atomic energy; and, in view of the widespread interest in this matter, if he will consider issuing an interim report on the Anderson Atomic Energy Committee.

The Prime Minister

The hon. Member can rest assured that all necessary steps are being taken to deal with this matter. It would not be in the public interest at present to give details, nor to publish the reports of the Anderson Committee.

Sir F. Sanderson

Is it not a fact that work covering the whole field of slow controllable reactions is known to be going forward in the United States and Canada, and is it not essential that a programme of similar work should be de- veloped in this country so that during the course of the next industrial revolution we shall not be left standing?

Mr. Attlee

I can assure the hon. Member that we do not intend to be left behind in any revolution.