Aircraft (Nuclear Bombs)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 January 1959.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00, 28 January 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Air if, in view of the orders issued by the United States Government banning the carriage of nuclear bombs by aircraft flying over United States territory, he will now issue orders to stop the carriage of nuclear bombs by aircraft flying over the United Kingdom.

Mr. Ward:

I understand that the United States Government have issued no orders of this kind.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is not the Secretary of State aware that the American delegation at the conference on surprise attack at Geneva declared that the United States military authorities had now prohibited the carriage of nuclear bombs over American territory? Will he inform himself of this situation—which I can assure him is a fact—and ask himself why we should carry on with a dangerous and provocative practice when the Americans have stopped it?

Mr. Ward:

I am assured by the Americans that no such orders have been issued.