HC Deb 19 May 1958 vol 588 cc55-6W
51. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Minister of Supply whether he will now make a full statement on the accident to the missile launched by the Royal Aircraft Establishment. Aberporth, on Wednesday, 30th April.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

Yes. The rocket was an unguided one fired out to sea on a set trajectory. No fundamental defect has been found to account for its departure from course. In an unguided rocket of this sort it has not in the past been considered necessary to fit a breakup device. I have given instructions that such a device is to be fitted in future to unguided as well as to guided rounds and I am satisfied that that will eliminate as far as is humanly possible the risk of a similar occurrence.