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Space Research (European Organisation)

Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 16 May 1961

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science for what specific purposes in space research the preparatory commission in Europe, in which the United Kingdom Government is cooperating, is being formed.

The Preparatory Commission is studying the constitution and functions of a possible European organisation for civil scientific research in space. The purpose of the organisation would be to co-ordinate scientific experiments in space by European scientists, and make joint use of satellites, sounding rockets and any other appropriate devices. It is not envisaged that this organisation would engage in commercial applications of space research, or itself develop satellite launchers. As the hon. Member will be aware, separate negotiations are in progress for the formation of a European Organisation to develop a launcher.