Transport written question – answered on 6th November 2008.

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Photo of Colin Challen Colin Challen Labour, Morley and Rothwell

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data, where applicable.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Department for Transport

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency use satellite derived images to monitor pollution at sea within 200 miles of the United Kingdom. These are obtained under the Clean Seas Net system supported by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). No direct payment is made for these images, although the UK does pay a subscription to EMSA.

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