§ 11. Mr. Hooley
asked the Minister of Technology which countries in Europe have formally indicated to Her Majesty's Government their willingness to cooperate with the United Kingdom in the design and production of nuclear power plant.
§ Mr. Benn
The design and production of nuclear power plant is primarily now the concern of industrial organisations. British industry is collaborating with firms in Germany, Italy, Belgium and France on gas-cooled reactors, and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority has collaborative arrangements on nuclear fuel manufacture with firms in the first three of these countries.
§ Mr. Hooley
Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the proposed reorganisation of the nuclear power plant industry will enable co-operation and collaboration with other countries to continue?
§ Mr. Lubbock
Has the right hon. Gentleman studied the information which I 11 sent him shortly before the Recess about the West German plans for a 25 megawatt high temperature reactor coupled to a helium gas turbine at Geesthact, and a 300-megawatt design based on the treble reactor at Jülich? What steps is the right hon. Gentleman taking to make sure that this country stays ahead in gas-cooled reactor technology in which she has excelled hitherto?