Oral Answers to Questions — Atomic Energy (Provincial Exhibitions)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley 12:00 am, 23rd July 1959

asked the Prime Minister where the three provincial exhibitions, already planned, illustrating the uses of radio-isotopes in industry will be sited; and when they will take place.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

The Atomic Energy Authority informs me that the first of the three provincial exhibitions referred to in my reply to the hon. Member on 16th April will take place in Sheffield in November or December. The others will probably be in Bradford and Bristol early next year. Other towns may be visited later.

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

While thanking the Prime Minister for that reply and appreciating that Sheffield is being recognised and is, in fact, getting the first exhibition, may I ask him if the Atomic Energy Authority has in mind a section within these exhibitions emphasising the need for observing safety precautions in the use of radio-isotopes and radioactive substances?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

I will take note of that point and see that it is considered by the Authority.

Photo of Mr William Williams Mr William Williams , Manchester Openshaw

In view of the fact that the first exhibition is to be in Yorkshire, would it not be very appropriate that the second should be in Lancashire, particularly in Manchester?

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South

Where was the research done?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

While I do not think that ancient rivalries should enter into these new and modern methods, I think we ought to keep a fair balance.