HC Deb 03 May 1965 vol 711 cc121-2W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Prime Minister if he will publish an official history of the development of atomic energy, starting from the Declaration of Trust between the United States and British Governments in June, 1944, and the aide-memoire of September, 1944, and setting out the arrangements concluded between the two Governments, covering the consultations between 1945 and 1950, giving the expenditure for military and civil purposes in those years and the reasons for withholding informa- tion on expenditure from Parliament, and covering the activities of the Atomic Energy Authority from its setting-up until the present day.

The Prime Minister

The Atomic Energy Authority has already published a history of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Project between 1939 and 1945. Work is in hand on the preparation of a further volume but, until the material is studied by the historian, it is not possible to see what period it will cover or in what detail. The question of approving publication of this second volume, however, must wait until the text is available.