§ Mr. Beaney
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, in view of the Russian breakthrough in thermonuclear fusion by Professor Kapitsa, he will make a further statement on progress in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Ridley
The most recent article on Professor Kapitsa's work appeared in February. This described basic experiments on a system for containing and heating a gas by means of a high-frequency electro-magnetic field together with some calculations of the feasibility of a reactor based on such a system. Culham Laboratory have considered such a system but do not regard it as providing a promising approach to a nuclear fusion reactor.111W
The Russian laboratories concerned with fusion work, with which Culham has a full exchange of information, appear to share the same view.
British progress in nuclear fusion and plasma physics research is described in Chapter V of the recently published Annual Report of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority for 1969–70.