HC Deb 05 August 1965 vol 717 cc387-8W
42. Mr. Ioan L. Evans

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider the publication of an official up-to-date account of the probable effects of a nuclear attack on Great Britain, for the information of the general public in addition to Civil Defence workers.

Sir F. Soskice

The effects of a nuclear attack on this country depend on many factors that cannot be determined in advance and any overall assessment would necessarily be speculative. There would no doubt be heavy casualties and widespread destruction: there would also be millions of survivors.

A number of official publications give information about the effects of nuclear explosions, including the Manual of Civil Defence: Volume I, Pamphlet No. 1, "Nuclear Weapons" and a pamphlet entitled "The Hydrogen Bomb".