Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence

Memorandum 102

Supplementary memorandum from Astrium Limited

  The Minister of Science declared that the UK would subscribe £90 million to the ARTES programme at the ESA Ministerial Meetings in Edinburgh in 2001 for the period 2002-05 and £16 million at the Berlin ESA Ministerial in 2005 for the period 2006-07.

  Annualised these figures give a subscription value of £18 million for the five year period covered by the 2002-05 subscription and £8 million for the two years covered by the 2006-07 subscription.

  When cost appreciation in line with standard ESA practice is taken into account together with integer rounding, these figures effectively endorse the UKSpace statement that "in December 2005 UK Government reduced investment in ARTES from £20 million to £8 million".

March 2007

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