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Sdi: Proposed Us Research Institute

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1986

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether allies of the United States taking part in Strategic Defense Initiative research will have access to the new US government-financed intensive research group which is to provide impartial advice on the design and Operation of space-based defence and which according to US officials is being set up in such a way as to obviate all "conflict of interest" and "commercial taint".

I presume the noble Lord is referring to the proposal by the US Government, announced in March, to create a Federally Funded Research and Development Center to support SDI research and to be known as the Strategic Defense Initiative Institute. As the institute is not yet in being, the degree of access to it by allies remains to be seen.