§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the explosion at AWRE Aldermaston on Monday 23 July in which it has been reported that a scientist has been killed.
§ Mr. Pym
I regret that on 23 July Mr. Peter Allen, a higher scientific officer, who at the time had been working alone360W promised in the recent Conservative Party manifesto. I am currently examining how this can best be done, but the issues are somewhat more complicated than might appear. I shall make an announcement as soon as I am in a position to do so. In the meantime I am writing to my hon. Friend.