Anglo-French Co-operation

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Palmer Mr Arthur Palmer , Bristol Central 12:00 am, 25th May 1965

asked the Minister of Power if he will consult the French Government with a view to Anglo-French co-operation in the joint development of nuclear and tidal power schemes, and the further interchange of power supplies to the mutual advantage of the economies of both countries.

Photo of Sir John Morris Sir John Morris Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Power)

There are considerable exchanges between the electricity industry here and in France, and the possibility of increasing them is borne in mind. If my hon. Friend has any particular suggestions for increasing cooperation, I would be glad to look into them.

Photo of Mr Arthur Palmer Mr Arthur Palmer , Bristol Central

Would my hon. Friend not agree that co-operation between the French and British electricity supply industries, which are both nationalised, is just as practical and possible as cooperation between the two countries on, say, aircraft construction?

Photo of Sir John Morris Sir John Morris Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Power)

I accept from my hon. Friend that these exchanges of information are extremely valuable. Indeed, the other day I went to look at certain gas industry establishments in France.