Galileo Project

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the financial implications of the UK's involvement with the Galileo project.

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

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Substantive answer from Dr. Ladyman to Nigel Evans:

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.

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. The United Kingdom makes its contributions to the EC Budget as a whole and not to individual spending programmes within it. There is not an identified United Kingdom contribution to the design and development programme via the EU budget.

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