HC Deb 28 February 1962 vol 654 cc141-2W
Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Minister of Defence what will be the estimated increase in defence expenditure as a result of the proposed nuclear tests in Nevada.

Mr. Watkinson

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Members for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes) and Salford, East (Mr. Frank Allaun) today.

Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Defence if, in view of the improvement in East-West relations, he will not proceed with the Nevada nuclear tests.

Mr. Watkinson

This is a test which, being underground, will have no harmful effects whatever. I cannot agree to cancel it at this stage.

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