asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish in a single volume available to the general public at a cheap price the following Manuals prepared by Her Majesty's Government for Civil Defence workers and Service Departments Home Office, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 1, Nuclear Weapons, 1956, Medical Manual of Chemical Warfare, 4th Edition, 1955, issued by Her Majesty's Stationery Office for the Admiralty, War Office and Air Ministry, Fire Research Bulletin No. 1, Fire and the Atomic Bomb, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1954, and Manual on Biological Warfare, Home Office.
No, Sir. Although no restriction has ever been placed on the sale of these manuals, they are designed for those who need to make a close study of the subject, and, quite apart from questions of price, they are too detailed to be suitable for general reading. The facts about nuclear weapons are summarised in non-technical language for the general reader in "The Hydrogen Bomb" published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, price 9d.
Yes, and that is why we published this particular document. Some of the language in the documents to which the right hon. Gentleman refers is really unsuitable for the public to understand. I am unable to understand it myself.