HC Deb 27 July 1967 vol 751 cc970-1
Q8. Mr. Hamling

asked the Prime Minister what changes he will now propose with regard to departmental responsibility for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

The Prime Minister

I see no reason to make any further changes in departmental responsibilities in this field.

Mr. Hamling

Will my right hon. Friend make sure that the Minister of Power gets more influence in this field than he has so far?

The Prime Minister

My right hon. Friend has a very great deal of influence, because the siting and general planning of electricity generation by nuclear clingy is a matter for the Central Electricity Generating Board as well as for the nuclear authorities. But the old argument as to whether the whole responsibility should be for the one or the other is a very difficult one. It is under constant review, and at the moment I see no reason for changing responsibility.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Can the Prime Minister tell us who is responsible for the non-peaceful use of nuclear energy?

The Prime Minister

That supplementary question does not arise out of this Question, but my hon. Friend will know that I have certain responsibilities in this field, together with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence.

Sir H. Legge-Bourke

As the Select Committee on Science and Technology has been looking at our nuclear reactor programme, will the Prime Minister give an assurance that before any changes are made on this front he will, at least, allow publication and discussion of the Select Committee's Report, which may, I think, be expected before the end of the year?

The Prime Minister

I am sure that we are all looking forward to the Report of the first session of the Select Committee. I know with what thoroughness the matter is being investigated, but, as I say, I do not see any present reason for making a change in the present arrangements.