Oral Answers to Questions — Radioactive Fall-Out

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30 April 1959.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 12:00, 30 April 1959

asked the Prime Minister if the figures from the United States of America as to the dangers of fall-out have now been fully studied; and with what result.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

I would refer the hon. Member to my statement on 28th April about radioactive fall-out.

Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland

I have read that statement, but there seems doubt about the whole subject—for instance, whether we are aware of the nature of the Argus experiments in America. Can the Prime Minister say whether there is complete agreement between our scientists and American scientists on the dangers about which both are somewhat vague and, if so, what is the date of the most recent information from America on which this statement is based?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

The subject is dealt with in paragraph 5 of the statement and perhaps to some extent in paragraph 6. Of course, it is not possible to get all scientists to agree on everything, any more than it is possible in other sets of experts. We are in close touch with our American friends and their scientists and we try our best to get a collective view.