HC Deb 17 April 1957 vol 568 cc1907-8
22. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will place in the Library a copy of the Report made by Dr. R. M. Sievert, of the Stockholm Radio Physics Institute, to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the effects of atomic radiation.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Dr. Sievert's paper is attached as Annex 4 to a World Health Organisation Report on the "Effects of Radiation on Human Heredity" dated 24th January, 1957. A copy of the Report was placed in the Library last March.

Mrs. Castle

Whilst thanking the right hon. and learned Gentleman for that reply, may I ask him whether he is aware of the report in The Timesof this document, which has just gone before the United Nations Scientific Committee? Dr. Sievert maintains that the fall-out through nuclear bombs is creating an increasing danger to health in all parts of the world, and in view of the scientific anxiety which he expresses, and in view of the new report just issued by the Atomic Scientists Association on strontium-90 dangers, would the right hon. and learned Gentleman reconsider the policy of Her Majesty's Government on H-bomb tests?

Mr. Lloyd

No, Sir. My own view of this Report of the World Health Organisation is that it does not justify alarmist conclusions.

Mr. H. Fraser

Would my right hon. and learned Friend also consider placing in the Library the latest copy of the report issued yesterday by the American Scientific Congress on the question of the clam, which is the animal most subject to radio-active disturbances, passes more than 6,000 gallons of water per annum, and therefore is able to discover far more ably than any scientist the amount of strontium-90 radiation?

Mr. Lloyd

I will certainly consider my hon. Friend's interesting suggestion.