HC Deb 26 January 1954 vol 522 cc1581-2
2. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Works if he will now make a further statement on recent advances in the development of the uses of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

Sir D. Eccles

I have at present nothing to add to the very full statement made by my noble Friend the Lord President of the Council in another place on 14th December, 1953; but it will be my aim to keep the House informed of our progress in this matter.

Mr. Hughes

Can the Minister say whether atomic energy is yet practicable for the propulsion of ships, particularly fishing trawlers? That was not dealt with in the statement in another place.

Sir D. Eccles

I cannot answer that without notice.

Mr. Woodburn

Can the right hon. Gentleman make any announcement about the projected atomic energy breeder station in the North of Scotland? Has he any idea when a decision will be reached about this important project?

Sir D. Eccles

When a decision is reached, a statement will be made to the House, and I hope it will not be too long before that happens.