To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many communication satellites are envisaged for the Galileo project; what timescale is provided for its completion; and what changes in funding and organisation have resulted from the decision of the private sector partners not to honour future funding provisions.
The Galileo global constellation is expected to comprise 30 satellites.
The Commission has reported that there has been a breakdown in the public private partnership (PPP) contract negotiations. The immediate cause of the breakdown is an ongoing disagreement about industrial work-share between the partners in the bidding consortium.
The March Transport Council gave the bidding consortium a deadline of
The timetable for the programme, its funding, and its organisation are therefore subject to these decisions.