HC Deb 07 June 1984 vol 61 c224W
Mr. Alton

asked the Prime Minister what discussions she has had with the Australian Government concerning the atomic explosiions in Western Australia, at Maralinga, in the 1950s; and if she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

I have had recent discussions with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs on the atomic explosions conducted in Australia in the 1950s. More detailed discussions and exchanges have taken place at both ministerial and official levels. It has been made clear that the British Government will provide to the Australian Government all available information about these atomic explosions, and much of this information is already in Australian hands; only classified material which relates directly to nuclear weapon design will be withheld.