Aircraft (Nuclear Weapons)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1959.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00 am, 25th March 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent flights of aircraft loaded with nuclear bombs are still continuing over United Kingdom territory.

Mr. Ward:

The occasions on which nuclear weapons may be carried by aircraft over this country were described in the full statements made last year by my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal and by the Prime Minister.

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

I take it from that Answer that these flights are still continuing. Will the right hon. Gentleman now re-examine this policy? What is the purpose of these flights? Is he not aware that the American authorities have now learned the unwisdom of such flights and have definitely forbidden them over American territory, and why should we not now do likewise?

Mr. Ward:

I said in reply to the hon. Gentleman in the House not long ago that I am informed that the Americans have given no such instructions.