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Thursday, 11 September 1958
Page: 1226

Mr Ward d asked the acting Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

Is he able to state how many tests of (a) atom and (b) hydrogen bombs have been conducted by (i) the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (ii) the United States of America, .and (iii) the United Kingdom since their manufacture became practicable?

Sir -PhilipMcBride. - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: - lt is not possible to give separate figures for atomic and hydrogen bomb tests nor is it possible to give an exact figure for Soviet explosions as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, unlike the United States and United .Kingdom, has not revealed the details of its tests, thereby making it necessary to rely on information on detection from outside. The following are approximate figures for both types of test explosions.

United States: 113.

United Kingdom: 18 major and several minor explosions.

Union of -Soviet -Socialist Republics: The United Kingdom Prime Minister said in March, 1958, that he thought the number of Soviet explosions has been "over 50". The 'United States Atomic Energy Commission, which has followed the policy of announcing the detection of only those Soviet .explosions .which it deemed to be of particular significance or interest, has stated that at least 39 explosions took place up to the end of March, 1958.

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