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Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects the Galileo satellite navigation system to become fully functional. (287733)

The European Commission envisages the deployment of the Galileo satellite constellation and the establishment of the ground-based infrastructure to run until 2013 and for initial operations to commence in that time frame. Operational capability will be confirmed when the certification of the system, and standard operational measures have been assured and the technical performance and stability of the system have met the mission and performance requirements. This is expected to take place during the exploitation phase of the programme starting from 2014.