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Shipping: e-Loran Project

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Transport, the right honourable Mrs Villiers, on 28 March (Official Report, Commons, col. 94W), how much has been spent on the e-Loran project to date.

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Transport, the right honourable Mrs Villiers, on 28 March (Official Report, Commons, col. 94W), whether (a) the Ministry of Defence, and (b) the Department for Transport see e-Loran as a viable alternative to the Global Positioning System, Galileo and the Global Navigation Satellite System; and, if so, whether they will place a copy of the business case on which this decision was based in the Library of the House.

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 5 October 2010 (WA 5), whether a decision has been made to cease General Lighthouse Fund and Department of Transport funding for the e-Loran project.

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 27 September 2010 (WA 564), whether any general lighthouse authority staff have attended any events held by the (a) International Loran Association, or (b) International Association of Lighthouse Authorities since September 2010; if so, how much each general lighthouse authority spent on (1) flights, (2) accommodation, and (3) subsistence; and whether any expenditure was agreed by the Department for Transport.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

e-LORAN is envisaged as a terrestrial based navigational system that complements satellite based equivalents. The General Lighthouse Authorities intend to publish the e-LORAN business case on the Research and Radionavigation Directorate section of their website in the near future.

The e-LORAN budget is reviewed annually as part of the General Lighthouse Authorities' corporate planning round and the total expenditure for the project to date stands at £1.9 million. The precise allocation and use of this budget is an operational matter for the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities.

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