HC Deb 27 November 1973 vol 865 cc209-10
Q4. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Prime Minister if he will seek to make an official visit to New Zealand.

The Prime Minister

I have no plans to visit New Zealand in the immediate future but look forward to doing so when a suitable opportunity occurs.

Mr. Dalyell

Is the Prime Minister in a position to convince the New Zealand Government that he is doing everything possible to dissuade the French from continuing their nuclear testing programme in the Pacific?

The Prime Minister

I did so when I spoke to the Prime Minister in Ottawa.

Mr. Driberg

Does the Prime Minister recall the great concern shown by a former Prime Minister—Mr. Macmillan—when his attention was drawn to the forecasts by Edinburgh geneticists of the number of babies likely to be born blind or deformed as a result of tests up to that date? Will he say whether any similar research is being done officially here, or in conjunction with scientists in New Zealand and Australia?

The Prime Minister

I cannot give the hon. Member the information for which he asks. Of course, we monitor, as I have told the House before, all the explosions in the Pacific for any radio-active effects, and we make that information available to New Zealand and Australian scientists to use if they should wish to make further investigations. I shall inquire into the point raised by the hon. Member to see whether figures can be given to supplement those given to Mr. Macmillan.