HC Deb 17 March 1955 vol 538 cc1452-3
48. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the concern of bird and animal lovers about the possible effects on wild life of thermonuclear explosions to be carried out by Her Majesty's Government; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

I am aware of the concern of some bird and animal lovers on this subject, but I do not propose to make a statement.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Prime Minister aware that the Secretary of State for Air has recently set a splendid example by making the decision that wild duck on the German coast shall not be bombed during the moulting season? Could not this be extended to other species, and is it not unfortunate for the human race that it does not moult?

Captain Pilkington

Is it not a fact that there was a thermo-nuclear explosion in Committee Room 14 yesterday?

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