Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 9th October 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to and (b) liabilities on the public purse of developing a UK alternative to the Galileo satellite navigation system.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave her on 16th July 2018 to Question 162553.

Since that response, my rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced on 28 August that the UK Space Agency would look at options for a UK Global Navigation Satellite System, using £92m of funds from the Government’s Brexit readiness fund. This work will refine and validate the cost estimates for a UK system that have already been developed, and define the preferred approach to deliver a UK system which will be subject to a full business case. Contracts in support of this phase have yet to be let and so there are no new liabilities for the public purse.

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