HC Deb 05 February 1960 vol 616 cc172-3W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the eight reactor systems for use in ships, submitted to the Galbraith Committee, including the estimated cost of each and their respective economic potentialities in power and length of service.

Mr. Marples

Eight proposals relating to six reactor systems were submitted to the Galbraith Committee which concluded that three were likely to become available for marine propulsion in the next few years; the remainder were considered to be more remote.

Of the short-term types, the pressurised water system showed the least promise of becoming economically attractive. Therefore tenders are being invited for propulsion units which include reactors of the other two types. One object of inviting tenders is to obtain closer estimates of cost than are available at present.

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