HC Deb 22 July 1959 vol 609 cc1254-5
15. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Air what requirement he has stated for a nuclear-powered aircraft for use in bombing, reconnaissance or transport operations.

Mr. Ward

We are keenly interested in possibilities in the field of nuclear propulsion for aircraft, and we are closely in touch with the work being done in research establishments in this country and in America. But it is too early yet to state a requirement for a specific type of aircraft.

Mr. de Freitas

Can the Secretary of State say what his Ministry is doing in connection with the discussions for the development of such aircraft, which I understand are now going on with the United States?

Mr. Ward

I think the hon. Gentleman would agree that there is still a lot of research to be done. As I say, we are watching the position very closely.