HC Deb 23 February 1959 vol 600 cc795-6
10. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Minister of Supply if it has yet been decided whether the short-range nuclear weapons to which Command Paper No. 662 refers are to be rocket propelled: and whether they will use liquid or solid fuel.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

Yes, Sir. Rocket propulsion by solid fuel will be used.

Mr. de Freitas

Cannot the Minister assure us that we are in no way duplicating American research and development, which has happened already, and is he sure that in this case we are not, as opposed to the previous Question I put to him, following behind something that has been done better elsewhere?

Mr. Jones

No, Sir. In this case I can give the hon. Gentleman the assurance that the weapon in question is com- plementary to the American weapons and does not in any way duplicate anything done by the Americans.