§ 5. Mr. Malins
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to harden vulnerable equipment in his charge against the effects of nuclear electromagnetic pulse.
§ Mr. Scott
The principal effect of a high level nuclear blast of 1 megaton would be an electromagnetic pulse. 1090 This could cause very widespread damage to telecommunications, electronic equipment, and electricity supply and appliances if they were not protected. Much work and research is presently going on throughout the world on the question of protection against the effects of such a pulse, and we in Northern Ireland will make full use of all available information to protect essential equipment such as that designated for civil defence purposes.
Mr. John David Taylor
In view of the serious nature of the Minister's reply, will he assure the House that the Government have no such intentions in Northern Ireland?