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Spaceflight: EC Action

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the future of EU space projects. (297096)

In May earlier this year I attended the sixth Space Council of European Ministers with responsibility for space. The main topics of discussion at Space Council were the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative (GMES) and the contribution of space to innovation and competitiveness in the context of the European Economic Recovery Plan.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much the UK is contributing to the European Space Agency in 2009-10. (297098)

On current estimates, in 2009-10 the UK will contribute €266,766,518 to the European Space Agency.