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.
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
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.