HL Deb 06 March 1946 vol 139 cc1213-4

had the following question on the Paper: To ask His Majesty's Government whether they contemplate any widespread destruction of edible fish, or of fat-yielding whales, as the result of the experimental atomic bombing of old battleships in the Pacific Ocean in the month of May; and whether any means can be devised to prevent such destruction, in view of the serious world shortage of protein food and of fats.


My Lords, I beg to ask the question standing in the name of the noble Viscount, Lord Bledisloe.


My Lords, His Majesty's Government have no responsibility for the atomic bomb tests which the United-States Government are proposing to carry out in the Pacific; but we are advised that experts who have carefully considered the question are of the opinion that little destruction of fish will occur.