HC Deb 24 May 1957 vol 570 c101W
Mr. Moss

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what official advice he has received about the technical difficulties governing the control of nuclear materials through an international control agency; and the policy of Her Majesty's Government on a partial control of such materials.

Commander Noble:

My right hon. and learned Friend is advised that there should be no insurmountable technical difficulties in ensuring that nuclear energy programmes which are ostensibly for peaceful purposes are not used for warlike ends, provided that the control agency concerned is given the right to continuous surveillance where necessary of the processes involved. It has been Her Majesty's Government's policy to ensure that provision for the necessary safeguards is included in the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency. These safeguards will apply to all projects undertaken with the assistance of the Agency and also to other cases when the Agency is requested to apply them by the parties concerned. Similar safeguards have been included in the bilateral agreements concluded by Her Majesty's Government with other Governments and these provide for the contracting parties to consult together when the International Agency has been created on whether the administration of these safeguards should be transferred to it.