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Later, when the Pugwash initiative started, the Association became a keen supporter. THE GOVERNMENT RESPONDS Having opted in 1955 to develop a hydrogen bomb it was only a matter of time before the government would have to answer the growing scientific criticism of the dangers of atmospheric testing. The subject of radiation hazards was no longer a matter of'mere' scientific discussion, but of political debate. The government was conscious of the need to answer critics of the test programme. In March 1955 the Prime Minister requested that the Medical Research Council (MRC) appoint an independent committee to report on the medical and genetic aspects of nuclear radiation and, in 1956, that committee reported to Parliament.
Before leaving Aldermaston in 1959 British Scientists and Nuclear Arms Control 41 Lord Penney created a group with responsibility for work on seismology. Communications engineers were brought into the team and they designed new seismographs with magnetic heads which enabled six recordings to be placed on one tape and a computer used to get automatic correlation. This work, begun in 1958, continued through to 1962, 'bringing seismology out of the previous century into this century'. 77 Because of the excellence of this teamwork, and of certain individuals such as H.
The lesson in Europe was clear: unless the size of Soviet conventional forces was reduced or NATO's increased, a crisis might force the West to accept defeat or threaten a nuclear induced holocaust. Progress on nuclear disarmament was not enough; indeed, unless matched by reduction in Soviet conventional forces it would result in one-sided disarmament to the detriment of Western security. Precisely because of the asymmetrical nature of NATO- Warsaw Pact forces in Europe, both sides came to favour GCD rather than partial measures of disarmament.
Britain’s Nuclear Arms Control Policy in the Context of Anglo-American Relations, 1957–68 by J. P. G. Freeman (auth.)