HC Deb 02 March 1965 vol 707 cc1119-20
11. Commander Courtney

asked the Minister of Technology when he intends to pay a personal visit to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Aldermaston; whether he is satisfied with the progress of research at that establishment; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Cousins

I look forward to visiting as many as possible of the Atomic Energy Authority's establishments, including Aldermaston, as opportunity offers. Research at Aldermaston is primarily a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Aviation.

Commander Courtney

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether he intends to make his next journey to Aldermaston on foot?

Mr. Mendelson

Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman want him to go in a gunboat?

Commander Courtney

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great satisfaction—[Interruption.]

Mr. Speaker

Order. I cannot hear whether the question is in order if hon. Members in disorder make so much noise that I cannot hear. Do let us get on with Questions.

Commander Courtney

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great satisfaction that will be felt throughout the country over the fact that he remains in his present position, thus showing that he is completely behind the Government in the development of nuclear weapons?

Mr. Cousins

There are two parts to that supplementary question. First, if I go on foot I shall probably be admitted. I would not think of going on Blue Streak. I have reason to believe that at least on this side of the House there is a great deal of satisfaction at my filling the post of Minister of Technology.

Mr. Michael Foot

Will my right hon. Friend take it that we are very glad that this time when he goes he will get in, and that he will be able to teach them a lot about politics, just as he can teach the Tories about technology?

Mr. Biggs-Davison

Since Blue Streak is now playing an important part in European and Commonwealth enterprises, perhaps we can arrange an experiment involving the right hon. Gentleman and Blue Streak in the direction of Aldermaston—or somewhere else.