HC Deb 02 July 1971 vol 820 c209W
Mr. Hastings

asked the Prime Minister if he will now make a statement on the outcome of the talks which he had last winter with President Nixon on the sale of computers to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The Prime Minister

During my visit to the United States last December I discussed with President Nixon the projected sale by International Computers Limited of two 1906 A computers worth over £5 million to the Institute of High Energy Physics at Serpukhov. President Nixon undertook to have this matter reexamined and talks have since taken place between British and United States officials. I am happy to say that the United States have now withdrawn their earlier objection to the sale. The conditions of the contract will be designed to ensure that the computers will be used solely for peaceful purposes.