Oral Answers to Questions — Sahara (Nuclear Tests)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Denis Healey Mr Denis Healey , Leeds East 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action he has taken on the request of the Nigerian Federal Prime Minister that he should bring Nigerian apprehensions about the proposed nuclear test explosion in the Sahara to the notice of the French Government.

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

At the request of the Nigerian Prime Minister, we transmitted to the French Government the views expressed in the Nigerian House of Representatives.

Photo of Mr Denis Healey Mr Denis Healey , Leeds East

Can the Minister of State say whether, in doing so, Her Majesty's Government declared that they supported the position of the Nigerian Government, and, if not, why not?

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

We did exactly what I said we did. We passed on the information. We did not support it. We passed it on. We have, as the hon. Gentleman knows, had undertakings given by the French Prime Minister that these matters will all be taken most carefully into consideration.