Oral Answers to Questions — Hydrogen Bomb Tests

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Konni Zilliacus Mr Konni Zilliacus , Manchester, Gorton 12:00 am, 12th December 1957

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the recently discovered fact that the explosion of even clean hydrogen bombs releases large quantities of radio-manganese, which remains alive for several months, and that the official estimates of the safe minimum of radioactive impregnation of human cells are at least three times too high, he will reconsider his refusal to suspend hydrogen bomb tests unilaterally, and will propose an agreement to ban tests internationally, with inspection posts, as a first step toward general disarmament.