§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Defence how many National Service men were flown out to Christmas Island during 1957; what was the cost per return flight; and what is the object of their journey to the Pacific Ocean.115W
§ Mr. Sandys
397 National Service men have been flown to Christmas Island during 1957 to participate in the nuclear weapons test programme, at an average cost of about £210 each. So far, only 94 have returned, and some of these have come back by sea. It is not yet certain by what method the remainder will be making the return journey.