HC Deb 04 April 1957 vol 568 c579
51. Mr. Wigg

asked the Prime Minister the consideration which led to the decision to announce that nuclear launching sites are to be situated in Great Britain in advance of the operational production of the missiles to be launched therefrom.

The Prime Minister

These matters have to be planned a long time in advance. I can see no reason for keeping the decision secret, even if it were possible to do so.

Mr. Wigg

The Prime Minister was good enough to confirm on Tuesday the American point of view that the rockets are only in an experimental stage. Would he tell the House what possible advantage there is in telling the Soviet Union five years in advance so that they can remove their vital targets outside the fifteen-hundred miles range, while at the same time giving them a chance to build rocket sites from which to attack this island?.

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman is now anticipating his next Question.