BARBARA WARD (Lady Jackson), the Anglican Bishops of Kingston-upon-Thames, Hull and Stepney, and a number of Catholic institutions, including The Grail, Pax Christi and the Ursuline Convent, Forest Gate, London, are among the leading signatories to an open letter to President Carter congratulating him on his stand against the spread of nuclear weapons material and his decision to suspend temporarily the reprocessing of plutonium in America. The later, which already has more than 2,000 signatories, and which is attracting widespread support in Britain, is to be presented to President Carter when he visits England for a summit meeting.
Organised by People for a Non-Nuclear World, the letter points out that America has enough nuclear weapons in Europe alone to wipe out 20,000 cities the size of Hiroshima.
"Moreover, prominent atomic scientists are now saying that we can no longer separate 'atoms For peace' from 'atoms for war'. The world-wide spread of nuclear technologies, ostensibly for peaceful purposes, will inevitably lead to many more countries making their own nuclear weapons.'
The letter also expresses concern at the movement towards a "plutonium economy" based on fast breeder reactors and the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels at places like Windscale, and urges President Carter to contine to take a lead in creating the right climate for a move away from reliance on nuclear power.
The British Council 01 Churches, at their spring assembly, also called on the British Government not to implement the planned investment in the fast breeder reactor until a satisfactory solution can be found to the disposal of the nuclear waste it would create.