§ Mr. Woof
asked the Minister of State for Defence what changes will be made in the use and administration of the nuclear research establishment at Aldermaston when control is transferred from the Department of Trade and Industry to his own Department.
§ Mr. Ian Gilmour
The Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston will come under the administration of the Procurement Executive of the Ministry of Defence. The Establishment will continue to be concerned mainly with nuclear warheads and will also be available to continue civil work for the Atomic Energy Authority. In due course rationalisation measures may bring about a closer coordination of defence work generally.