HC Deb 17 February 1958 vol 582 cc855-6
44. Mr. Palmer

asked the Paymaster-General if the proposed legislation for the protection and insurance of the general public against radioactive damage and loss by owners and operators of nuclear reactors will give similar safeguards to staff and workpeople employed in nuclear power plants.

Sir I. Horobin

I would ask the hon. Member to await the presentation of the Bill.

Mr. Palmer

Yes, but is the hon. Gentleman aware that already considerable details of this legislation have been given, including a statement to the effect that there have been discussions with the insurance companies? In those circumstances, could he not say whether there will be discussions with the trade unions on the important point I have raised?

Sir I. Horobin

This is an extremely complicated Bill to prepare, it is in its early stages, and it would be unwise at this stage for me to make any statement on such a matter.