§ Mr. R. A. Butler
There have been a number of discussions between the Atomic Energy Authority and representatives of the West German Authorities on collaboration on atomic energy. No commitments have been entered into, but, as my right hon. Friend the then Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, said on 19th December, in reply to Questions from my hon. Friends the Members for Abingdon (Mr. Neave) and Kidderminster (Mr. Nabarro), it has been made clear to the German Authorities that when they are in a position to make firm requests for assistance in the development of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, the Atomic Energy Authority will consider these sympathetically, subject to the availability of resources.
§ Mr. Warbey
Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that if West German industry is allowed to develop its own nuclear reactors independently of any international organisation, such as the proposed Euratom, there will be nothing to prevent Germany from developing the nuclear weapons which are forbidden under the Paris Agreements?
§ Mr. Butler
The hon. Member will be aware of Dr. Adenauer's own statement on this point, which may be reassuring. He may also be aware that there is to be a visit by the Federal Minister for Atomic Energy, who is coming to this country shortly, and we shall be able to discuss these matters with him.