HC Deb 11 March 1980 vol 980 cc484-5W
Q53. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Prime Minister if she discussed with Chancellor Schmidt, at their meeting on 25 February, the leakage of nuclear information to Pakistan from the joint centrifuge project at Almelo, Holland in the light of the Khan affair; and if she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

I have not had any discussions with Chancellor Schmidt about the Khan affair. But we have been keeping in close touch with our partners about follow-up action, and on 11 February my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy wrote to Mr. van Aardenne, the Netherlands Minister for Economic Affairs.

On 29 February the Netherlands Government sent the report of their investigation into the circumstances of the Khan affair to their Parliament. The Netherlands Government have said that they deeply regret what has occurred and that they will do their utmost to ensure there is no repetition.

My right hon. Friend will place an English translation of the Netherlands Government's report in the Library as soon as it is available.

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