HC Deb 23 November 1949 vol 470 c362
45. Mr. Blackburn

asked the Prime Minister whether he will state the result of the recent conversations between America, Canada and Britain over our co-operation in relation to atomic energy.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

Exploratory talks on atomic energy cooperation between the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada began in Washington on 20th September. The first stage of these talks ended on 30th September. Good progress was registered and the results are now under consideration by the three Governments. The talks will be resumed in Washington on 28th November.

Mr. Blackburn

Mr. Speaker, I was unable to hear the answer of the Prime Minister because certain hon. Members were talking, and as this is a Question of some importance, may I ask my supplementary question, which is this: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the fact that both American and British scientists greatly regret that there has not been as much co-operation between America and ourselves during the last three years as there was during the war, and whether that fact has been put to the United States of America; and does the right hon. Gentleman feel that the matter is now proceeding satisfactorily?

The Prime Minister

I cannot say anything more until the conversations have been completed. The Government are satisfied with the progress made during the first stage.