HC Deb 18 March 1960 vol 619 cc139-40W
Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Power whether he is aware that the nuclear power industry which has developed, especially involving a large force of the nation's skilled scientists and engineers, is working under capacity; and whether, in order to give a clear lead to the industry, he will indicate Her Majesty's Government's requirements, particularly in nuclear marine propulsion, nuclear submarine cargo vessels and a package type of reactor, so that the full benefits can be gained from this large technological force.

Mr. Wood

Her Majesty's Government think it most desirable to maintain a thriving nuclear power industry in this country, but cannot accept the obligation to ensure Chat the industry is always working at full capacity.

As regards marine propulsion, I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given by my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Transport on 27th January and 1st March to the hon. Members for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall), Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Rankin), Tynemouth (Daine Irene Ward) and Dartford (Mr. Sydney Irving). He also answered a Question by the hon. and gallant Member for Arundel and Shoreham (Captain Kerby) on 26th January, about nuclear submarine cargo vessels. There is at present no Government requirement for the package type of reactor.