Research in Britain on Atomic Energy


    IT was announced by the Prime Minister on October 29 that the Government, acting in accordance with a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Atomic Energy, has decided to set up a research and experimental establishment covering all aspects of the use of atomic energy. The station will be at Harwell airfield, near Didcot. Responsibility for research on atomic energy, which hitherto has rested on the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, is to be transferred to the Ministry of Supply, and the Tube Alloys Directorate which dealt with such matters is accordingly being transferred to the Ministry. The whole of the cost of research in this connexion will fall on the Government. In reply to a question asking whether this change of control means that the Government is more concerned with the weapon value of atomic energy than its production value, Mr. Attlee remarked that this was not so, and that the Ministry of Supply is engaged in civilian production as well as production for the Services.

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    Research in Britain on Atomic Energy. Nature 156, 531–532 (1945).

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