HC Deb 27 February 1958 vol 583 c71W
116. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that certain members of the Royal Air Force and of the United States Air Force receive special training in dealing with the dangers of unfissioned nuclear materials released from crashed aircraft carrying nuclear weapons but that no such training is given to members of the fire brigades serving those parts of the country regularly flown over by such aircraft; and whether he will arrange for the immediate amendment of the standard instructions to fire brigades in order that selected members of those brigades may receive such training.

Mr. R. A. Butler

For the reasons which I explained to the House on 4th February, it has not hitherto been considered necessary to add any special instructions relating to aircraft carrying nuclear weapons to the standard instructions issued to local services, including the fire service, on the action to be taken in relation to crashed aircraft. But these standard instructions are kept continually under review and will be added to and amended as necessary.