HC Deb 11 July 1967 vol 750 c401
17. Mr. Brooks

asked the Minister of Technology whether he will make a statement about the current use of British research into the centrifugal method of separating U-235.

Dr. Bray

Though the Atomic Energy Authority has devoted some effort to the investigation of this possibility, it is too early to make a statement.

Mr. Brooks

Is my hon. Friend aware of the persistent rumours that the Chinese have perfected a cheap and reliable method of preparing the fissile material necessary for thermo-nuclear explosions? In the light of the implications of this for nuclear proliferation and the cost of our own programme, could not my hon. Friend prosecute this research more urgently?

Dr. Bray

I note what my hon. Friend says, but I can only repeat that I am not in a position to make a statement.