HC Deb 06 December 1961 vol 650 c162W
60. Mr. Wall

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what progress is being made in the development of nuclear propulsion for surface vessels of the Royal Navy.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

The Admiralty has as yet no plans for introducing nuclear-fuelled surface ships into the Fleet. We have made various studies and have concluded that at present their operational advantages do not outweigh their increased capital, fuel and refitting costs. We are maintaining a systematic review of new developments in this field.