C.E.R.N. Accelerator

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 1969.

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Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian 12:00 am, 6th March 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the latest British position in relation to participation in the 300 GeV C.E.R.N. accelerator.

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

I have nothing to add to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend on 24th October last.—[Vol. 770, c. 328.]

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian

Without wishing to press the matter too extravagantly, could not we work towards the position whereby British entry would be expected by the time of the cutting of the first sod in Geneva in 18 months' time, thereby enabling us to get in on the hardware?

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

I know my hon. Friend's interest in this subject. It is true that the draft revised C.E.R.N. Convention is lying on the table and allows for further participants to join later. To answer my hon. Friend's supplementary question about hardware, the Convention allows all countries to put in for contracts, though it makes it clear that they should be divided, as far as possible, among those which are participant countries.