HC Deb 06 March 1958 vol 583 cc164-5W
131. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many men in the Royal Air Force are trained to drive vehicles towing hydrogen bombs; and what is the special character of such training.

Mr. Ward

Vehicles for carrying nuclear weapons can be driven by any suitably qualified M.T. driver after short local familiarisation training on the specialist vehicle concerned. There is a considerable number of drivers in the R.A.F. with these basic skills though there are relatively few at any one station. I should like to make it clear that movement of nuclear weapons or their components by road is kept to a minimum and never involves the movement of completely assembled weapons.

132. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Air what instructions are given to officers and men of the Royal Air Force as to disclosing to the public the location of stocks of hydrogen bombs.

Mr. Ward

Officers and airmen have standing instructions not to disclose to unauthorised persons information on official matters; this naturally includes the location of stocks of nuclear weapons