Oral Answers to Questions — Atomic Energy (De-Classification Guide)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley 12:00 am, 17th December 1957

asked the Prime Minister when the United States of America and the United Kingdom Joint Declassification Committee was formed: what are its present functions; and if he will give the names of the sitting members.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have been asked to reply.

A Joint De-classification Guide has been in use by the United Kingdom. Canada and the United States since April, 1946. Revision of the guide is made by agreement between the countries concerned and is based on the recommendations of periodic conferences attended by their representatives. Membership of any particular conference depends on the sections of the Declassification Guide under discussion.

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

Could the right hon. Gentleman explain to the House to what extent this Committee has been responsible for suppressing the news of the partial control of the H-bomb experiments at Harwell, and can he say when a full statement will be made on this matter?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

It is hoped to publish the full scientific details early in the New Year, if that will be of any help to the hon. Gentleman.