§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what decisions were reached at the recent official discussions in Pretoria with representatives of South Africa on uranium production in the Union.
§ Mr. Alport
I am informed by the Atomic Energy Authority that during the recent discussions agreement was reached concerning the quantities of uranium to be purchased during the coming years by the Combined Development Agency, the organisation through which purchases are effected on behalf of the United States Atomic Energy Commission and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The quantities to be purchased will maintain production at about the present rate. In other respects, the contract remains unaltered, except that in future any uranium produced in excess of the agreed figure will be available for sale elsewhere.
The representatives of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority also had discussions with the South African Atomic Energy Board regarding the Authority's undertaking to buy uranium unilaterally from South Africa. Agreement was reached on the quantity to be bought and the price to be paid.