HC Deb 26 March 1958 vol 585 c402
6. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Air the nature of the operational considerations which influenced his decision not to place missile bases in Scotland.

Mr. Ward

It would not be in the public interest to discuss these operational considerations.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that there has been a good deal of discussion on this matter in the Press, and that the scientific correspondent of the Daily Express has said that they are not to be placed in Scotland because the missiles might go over neutral territory such as Sweden? Can the right hon. Gentleman confirm or deny that?

Mr. Ward

Had these missiles been based in Scotland, the question might have arisen. As they are not, it is purely hypothetical.