European Space Agency

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th September 2004.

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Photo of Mr Richard Page Mr Richard Page Conservative, South West Hertfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much in pounds sterling she calculates has been under-returned to the UK over the last four years under the funding agreement with the European Space Agency.

Photo of Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry

The European Space Agency (ESA) began a new set of return statistics on 1 January 2000. The cumulative UK under-return for the four years 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2003 was €41.2 million (£29 million). At 31 December 1999 when the earlier set of ESA return statistics were terminated, UK over-return stood at €94.0 million (£66 million). The British National Space Centre is working closely with ESA officials to ensure that the return requirements for the UK as set out in the ESA Convention are fully met.

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