HC Deb 30 April 1958 vol 587 cc370-1
38. Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for Air on how many occasions in the last three months false alarms have been sent to planes in the air over the United Kingdom carrying nuclear weapons, as a result of the appearance of meteors on the radar screen.

The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Mr. Charles Ian Orr-Ewing)

None, Sir.

Mr. Swingler

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that satisfactory reply, but is he aware that there is still widespread concern about reports of false alarms in North America and about the unexplained situation that hydrogen bombers in North America have been alerted whereas hydrogen bombers here under the same command have not?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

That is a very different question. I have no responsibility for bombers flying from American bases.