Vanderbilt Law Review


C. J. Highton

First Page



The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority was constituted as a public corporation in 1954 by the Atomic Energy Authority Act.' The Government had decided in the previous year that the atomic energy undertaking, then in the hands of the Minister of Supply, should be transferred to a non-departmental organization and a committee of three under the chairmanship of Lord Waverley had been appointed to devise a plan for the transfer and to work out the most suitable form for the new organization. The committee fulfilled their task with admirable clarity, but many legal problems arose in drafting the bill, which related to matters beyond the committee's terms of reference.