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EU Satellite Centre

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the funding of the European Union Satellite Centre in Torrejón, Spain came from the United Kingdom in 2008. (257067)

The UK paid 16.90 per cent. to the EU Satellite Centre’s budgets last year, in accordance with the gross national income key rate for 2008. This represented £1.4 million towards the centre’s budget.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the public purse was of requests by the UK for information from the European Union Satellite Centre in Torrejón, Spain in 2008. (257068)

There was no additional cost to the public purse of requests by the UK for information from the EU Satellite Centre (EUSC) in Torrejón, Spain in 2008.

Although the UK did submit some tasks in 2008, these were assessed to be of interest to other member states as well, and were adopted as Council tasks. There was therefore no additional charge to the UK, beyond our mandatory annual contribution towards the costs of the EUSC.

The EUSC board approves a new budget annually, and the UK’s annual contribution therefore changes each year according to the size of the uplift and any changes to the gross national income key rate applied. In 2008, the UK’s contribution was £1.4 million.