§ 38. Mr. Mason
asked the Minister of Supply what progress has been made under Article II (4) of the agreement with the United States of America to exchange atomic energy information for mutual defence purposes, following discussions on the possibility of a joint effort in launching an earth space satellite.
§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
The agreement mentioned by the hon. Member does not cover the exchange of information related to the launching of a satellite. We are, however, always in touch with the United States authorities on matters of this kind.
§ Mr. Mason
In view of the agreement about the carriers of warheads and the exchange of information thereon, and particularly having in mind that it concerns the intercontinental ballistic missiles which have at least half the launching capacity required for a satellite, is it not conceivable that we could have discussions within that agreement for a joint space satellite?