HC Deb 27 October 1953 vol 518 cc351-2W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Supply what scientific advances have been made during the last two years towards using nuclear or atomic energy for industrial, domestic, transport and other peaceful purposes.

Mr. Low

Since my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. and learned Member's Question on 26th January, 1953, design studies on a nuclear power station using natural uranium as a fuel have been completed, and an experimental power station of this type is being constructed at Calder Hall in Cumberland.

A low power breeder reactor is nearing completion at Harwell. Design studies are being carried out on a higher powered reactor of this type. Design studies are proceeding on other types of reactors which may be suitable for development of power.

The application of radioactive isotopes to industrial, medical, and research purposes continues to extend, and plans are being made to increase the facilities for their production.