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Strategic Defence Initiative

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the results to date in terms of (a) contracts and (b) jobs of the memoranda of understanding between the United States and the United Kingdom in connection with the strategic defence initiative.

The value of SDI research awards so far won by British organisations is about US $60 million, spread over 65 contracts. It is not known what results this business has led to in terms of jobs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will summarise such details as he is able to provide of the memoranda of understanding between the United States and the United Kingdom in connection with the strategic defence initiative.

The information requested is set out in "UK Participation in the US SDI Research Programme — Guidelines", issued by the Ministry of Defence in May 1986. A copy was placed in the Library of the House at that time.