§ Mr. de Freitas
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that United States Congressmen visited Thor missile sites on Royal Air Force stations in this country before Members of Parliament were invited to do so, and that Russian observers have witnessed missile firings at South Uist; and whether he will now invite Members of Parliament to visit South Uist to see the firings there.
§ Mr. Soames
The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes", and to the second "No". As regards the third part of the Question, safety precautions demand good weather for firing and it is difficult, therefore, to arrange a visit with any certainty that a missile will be fired. Subject to this condition, however, I should be glad for hon. Members to visit the range and will make arrangements for early in July. Details will be made known through the usual channels.