§ 58. Mr. Raymond Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in view of Her Majesty's Government's responsibility for colonial territories in the area, what discussions he has had with the French and Commonwealth Governments about the forthcoming French nuclear tests in the Pacific; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Godber
We have been in direct touch with the appropriate French authorities about the health aspects of the atmospheric nuclear test programme in the Pacific. They have said that they will be taking every possible precaution to ensure that there is no danger to health arising from the tests. We are making our usual arrangements on Pitcairn to conduct health monitoring throughout the tests, and we are very ready to make available the data obtained to any Commonwealth Government which asks for it.310W
§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent action he has taken or intends taking, either by protest or otherwise, to express to France, Great Britain's objections to the French nuclear test; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Summerskill
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will now make an official protest to the French Government about the forthcoming nuclear test in the Pacific.
§ Mr. Anthony Royle
I have nothing to add to my reply on 23rd June to my hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Mr. Farr).—[Vol. 839, c.201.]