HC Deb 30 January 1958 vol 581 c512
48. Mr. Pargiter

asked the Prime Minister if he will more precisely define the area likely to be contaminated by oxidation of plutonium or otherwise in the event of an aircraft crashing on Great Britain while carrying a hydrogen bomb, and the period of time over which it is estimated that the contamination would last.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I have been asked to reply.

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister explained on several occasions, any risk of contamination from nuclear materials would be very small.

Mr. Pargiter

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the evasive replies that we are getting to these Questions are creating much more uneasiness than straight answers would do?

Dr. Summerskill

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will read an article in Friday's issue of the British Medical Journal, in which it says that in the event of any contamination by plutonium in this country, however small, the medical profession has not been informed how it should act.

Mr. Butler

If the right hon. Lady will give me the article, I will certainly read it.