Polaris Nuclear Submarine "Renown" (Incident)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3 December 1969.

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Photo of Dr David Owen Dr David Owen , Plymouth, Sutton 12:00, 3 December 1969

Naturally, any accident at sea is a subject for concern, and the role performed by the Polaris boats calls for extraordinary vigilance against any possibility of a mishap. However, I should remind the House that, in the unlikely event of a nuclear weapon being involved in a collision, there would be no danger of a nuclear explosion.