Reference numberPB/9/1/4/8
TitleLetter from Patrick Blackett to Rt Hon. Clement Attlee, PC, CH, Preime Minister, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall
Date17 February 1947
DescriptionHas been thinking over their discussion, and would like to write to emphasize one point that he did not have time to make. The prospects for the industrial use of atomic energy within a decade or so look rather good, it is thus very important that in this country the possibilities are taken very seriously and plans made on an adequate scale for all the requisite research and development.

Both on the industrial side and on the military side, Sir Henry Tizard will be an invaluable asset to the Committee. Blackett would like to emphasize that he thinks it essential that he be brought completely into the picture as regards all aspects of atomic energy. As an outside member of the committee, Blackett rightly has access to only some of the information. However, he will feel much easier on this score if all information available to the Chairman is also available to Tizard.

Blackett thinks on the whole the best plan would be for the A.C.A.E. to be reconstituted with a Minister as Chairman, and with Tizard as deputy Chairman. However, if this is difficult to arrange at present, Tizard's membership of it together with full access to information will do much to make its work more efficient.
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