§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement on the discussions which took place in Brussels on Wednesday, 27th January, 1971 on Great Britain's entry into Euratom; to what extent Great Britain was asked to contribute to the financial costs of industrial atomic knowledge; and what was the response of Great Britain's negotiators.
§ Mr. Ridley
On 26th January, the Community Delegation made a statement about the implications, as they saw them, of the Entry of the United Kingdom into Euratom. These included a request for compensation for scientific knowledge to which we will then have access. In our reply the following day we said that we intended to play a full part in Euratom when, as we hoped, we became members. But we did not believe that a request for compensation for Euratom's existing stock of scientific information was justified.