Galileo Project

Transport written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody Labour, Crewe and Nantwich

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) when he expects the UK to be able to make full use of the Galileo satellite system;

(2) what proportion of the budget for the Galileo project is expected to be met by the private sector;

(3) what assessment he has made of the sharing of the risks associated with the Galileo project between (a) national governments, (b) the European Union and (c) private sector investors.

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

Following the Commission's report of a breakdown in the public private partnership (PPP) contract negotiations the March Transport Council gave the bidding consortium a deadline of 10 May 2007 to resolve their differences and meet certain conditions to allow the resumption of effective negotiations. At the same time the Commission was requested to prepare for the June Transport Council an analysis of the consortium's response and alternative options for taking forward the project. We have been assessing the Commission's report.

At the June Transport Council, it is likely that Ministers will be asked to decide that the current negotiations have failed and that the Commission should explore more thoroughly the alternative options for proceeding with the project. Public sector governance will also be considered.

The timetable for the programme, its funding, risk sharing between national governments, the EU and private sector investors along with its organisation are therefore subject to these decisions. The Commission proposed date for deployment is 2012.

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