Cabinet Secretaries' notebooks (CAB 195/17): Atomic energy: amendment of US legislation
Atomic Energy: Amendment of US LegislationP.M.
Amending Bill passed y'day. Draft agreement satisf. - save that at last moment they have inserted in preamble a reference to co-opn. in civil as well as military aspects. I told President we cdn't accept this. President has recommended to A.E. Commn. (whose decn. is final) that this be omitted.
Time-table means we must initial this to-day. We may have to choose wtr we abandon this gt. prize because incln. of this reference.
x| We might accept - putting on record our view tht. co-opn. in civil matters wd.
| continue to be handled under civil agreement.
Reference s unfortunate: but has no legal effect. If they include it, I wd. support x/
At this stage I wd. accept - subject to x/. In the end believe we shall get more fr. U.S. than we give.
They are v. tough over export orders.
We shd. accept - despite the reference.
Wd. my letter be published? I wd. feel free to publish if unfavourable comment here.
Not during the 30 days.
I wd. prefer private record. Congress can still obstruct.