Galileo Project

Transport written question – answered on 23rd May 2007.

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Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody Labour, Crewe and Nantwich

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost has been of the UK Government's commitment to the Galileo project; what further commitments have been entered into since the original agreement with the EU; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The European Union (EU) and member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) jointly fund the design and development programme for Galileo. To date the UK's subscription to the ESA element of the programme has been €142 million. This includes an additional UK commitment made in August 2006 to meet cost increases to the development phase.

The EU's contribution to the design and development programme is made from the EC budget and is estimated by the Commission to be €790 million. The UK's contribution to the EC budget is around 17 per cent. of the total, before the UK receives any abatement.

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