§ 4. Mr. Driberg
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether Her Majesty's Government supported the proposal put forward at Geneva by the Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs, that all the members of the disarmament conference should make a formal declaration with the object of ensuring that outer space should be used for peaceful purposes only; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Driberg
While we welcome that statement by the Lord Privy Seal, can he say whether this proposal is not highly relevant to the latest American announcement of high-altitude tests? Since this proposal was welcomed at Geneva, will he make representations to the American Administration in the light of the protests yesterday by eminent scientists like Sir Bernard Lovell?
§ Mr. Paget
Can the Lord Privy Seal tell us why we are in favour of this, since if we are to have tests at all, and we are told that tests poison the atmosphere, is there not a case for having them out of the atmosphere, particularly as if they are out of the atmosphere they are of danger only to rockets which are also out of the atmosphere and the fall-out by the time it gets here is less radioactive than a luminous watch?
§ Mr. Driberg
Can the right hon. Gentleman answer my supplementary question? He evaded it completely. Will he make approaches to the American Administration about these high-altitude 997 tests, in view of the support which he has announced for the Canadian proposal?