HC Deb 01 August 1957 vol 574 c1485
Mr. Frank Allaun

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I wish to present a Petition, signed by 3,700 members of branches of the Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen. The Petition is headed by the signature of Mr. G. H. Doughty, the General Secretary, and other leading officials of the Association.

The Petition sheweth That there are increasing dangers of damaging this and future generations as a result of hydrogen bomb explosions. It prays for the suspension of all plans for testing hydrogen bombs. The Petitioners believe that the menace of the hydrogen bomb tests lies not in what the scientists know, but in what they do not know, and that the testing of physical effects of the bombs with an imperfect knowledge of the biological effects sets the future of the human race at hazard. The Petition also appeals for attempts to be made to persuade other nations to act in a similar way. The Petition concludes in the customary way, with the words And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. In order to save the time of the House, Mr. Speaker, I do not request that the Petition be read again by the Clerk.

To lie upon the Table.

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