§ 46. Mr. Bellenger
asked Minister of Defence what knowledge he has of the risks to this country of fall-out occasioned by nuclear explosions in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in recent months.
§ The Minister of Defence (Mr. Duncan Sandys)
The risks to health from nuclear explosions were assessed in Command Paper 9780. The explosions since its publication could not have perceptibly affected the situation.
§ Mr. Bellenger
While being somewhat reassured that the Russian explosions are not different from our own test explosions, may I nevertheless ask whether the right hon. Gentleman will consult his right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary in the hope that he may represent to the Russian authorities some of the apprehensions felt by hon. Members about test explosions, whether British or Russian?
§ Mr. Sandys
As the right hon. Gentleman knows, these are matters which are being continuously discussed.
§ Mr. Stokes
Will the Minister of Defence tell the House whether the Russian explosions are nearer Japan than the British explosions will be, if they take place?