Atomic Explosions

Oral Answers to Questions — Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st May 1963.

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Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley 12:00 am, 21st May 1963

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science if he will set up a team of scientists to investigate the possibilities of harnessing the energy generated by an atomic explosion far below the surface of the earth.

Photo of Mr Denzil Freeth Mr Denzil Freeth , Basingstoke

No, Sir. The Atomic Energy Authority is in touch with work which is being done in the United States of America and Euratom. If it appears likely that this work would be a practicable and economic source of energy, it would be in a position to develop it.

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley

Is the hon. Gentleman quite satisfied that we should be able to take full advantage of any experiment taking place in Euratom or the United States of America? Is it not possible that because we are not ourselves attracting scientists to investigate these possibilities, if there is a break-through in these sources of power we might be left behind other countries?

Photo of Mr Denzil Freeth Mr Denzil Freeth , Basingstoke

So far this has proved a very expensive matter. I think the hon. Member realises that nuclear energy covers so wide a field that it is impossible to put a reasonable effort into every single aspect. I am assured that if this method appeared to be a practical and economical source of energy, the Authority would be in a position to develop it.