HC Deb 11 November 1958 vol 595 cc22-3W
47. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the extent and nature of fall-out reaching Great Britain by air and by sea from the recent nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean and the effects of such fall-out on the health of the people of Great Britain.

The Prime Minister

Most of the fall-out deposited in this country comes from the stratosphere and cannot be attributed to particular weapon tests. There is no evidence that the fall-out from recent tests in the Pacific will modify earlier conclusions that the general level of radiation from weapon tests is so far very small compared with other sources, both natural and man-made. No appreciable fall-out could reach this country by sea from the Pacific.