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Galileo

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many jobs she estimates will be created in the UK as a direct result of the Galileo project. (200184)

UKspace—the UK industry association for space—currently assesses that about 400 highly skilled engineers and technicians are working directly on Galileo and as many as 1,600 posts are dependent on Galileo in the wider supply chain and employment in the UK.

Developing the downstream products and applications for Galileo is where it is expected that the major part of the benefits will occur, and where most jobs are expected to be generated. However it is difficult to be specific about the number of jobs that will become dependent upon the Galileo system in the UK, at this time, as future growth in this sector will depend on the outcome of forthcoming procurement competitions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the most recent review of the (a) costs, (b) risks, (c) revenues and (d) timetable of the Galileo project. (200187)

The European Commission’s most recent review of the Galileo programme’s costs, risks, revenues and timetable was published in its Communication of 26 September 2007 entitled: “Progressing Galileo: Re-Profiling the European GNSS Programmes” and the accompanying staff working document.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the UK's financial commitments to the Galileo project beyond the development phase. (200188)

There has been no political discussion of potential funding commitments for the public sector beyond 2013.