HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 c598
46. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Prime Minister what information was received, and what action was taken, by the Government Departments concerned, under the dual-control system in connection with the recent alert of United States forces in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to the answer I gave on 29th November to the hon. Members for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Mr. Swingler) and Lanark (Mrs. Hart).

Mr. Zilliacus

Is not the Prime Minister aware that his state of euphoria about the absence of any effective control system is not shared by many millions of people in this country, or by many of my hon. Friends? Will not he take steps to have some kind of effective control instituted so that we at least know when the Americans have an alarm, as they did at Thule when the moon set off the electronic equipment? Otherwise we may be plunged into war by complete accident.

The Prime Minister

No British Forces and no United States Forces in this country were alerted on the occasion to which the hon. Gentleman refers.