HC Deb 10 June 1953 vol 516 c204
21. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence what training in atomic warfare British officers will receive from American officers in the United States Zone of Germany.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (Mr. Nigel Birch)

A series of courses in the tactical use of atomic weapons is being conducted by the United States authorities for N.A.T.O. commanders and staff officers.

Mr. de Freitas

Is the Parliamentary Secretary sure that these courses are not largely a waste of time, since the American officers are prevented by their law from passing on to their allies a great deal of the atomic warfare information?

Mr. Birch

There are restrictions imposed by the United States Atomic Energy Act, but I am advised that these courses are proving of great value.