Oral Answers to Questions — Sahara (Nuclear Tests)

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

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Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough 12:00 am, 23rd July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what communications have been received from Colonial Territories and representatives urging that representations should be made to the French Government regarding the intention to test a nuclear bomb in the Sahara.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

The Governor-General of Nigeria informed me of a debate in the House of Representatives on 24th February and asked if this information could be conveyed to the French Government. I have had no other communications of this sort.

Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the British Colonial Territories, particularly in West Africa, there is deep concern about these nuclear tests in the Sahara and their effects upon the population? In view of this, will he approach the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and ask him to raise this matter with the French Government?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

This information has naturally been conveyed. I hope the hon. Gentleman will do nothing that would ensure that some of the misleading influences that are drawn in Europe are now extended to Africa in consequence of tests of this kind. I would draw the hon. Gentleman's attention to the fact that the executive council of the French community has approved of the French Government's intentions.