Anti-Submarine Weapons

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Edward Mallalieu Mr Edward Mallalieu , Brigg 12:00 am, 11th December 1957

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty to what extent atomic anti-submarine weapons have been developed in the Royal Navy.

Photo of Mr Christopher Soames Mr Christopher Soames , Bedford

Research into new antisubmarine weapons covers a broad field, but it would not be in the public interest to disclose details.

Photo of Mr Edward Mallalieu Mr Edward Mallalieu , Brigg

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether he or his colleagues have any answer, in their opinion, to the possible menace of the immense Soviet submarine fleet?

Photo of Mr Christopher Soames Mr Christopher Soames , Bedford

That is a very broad question to answer by way of Question and Answer, but I should say that probably one of the most potent weapons to use against a submarine is another submarine, particularly a nuclear submarine.