GALILEO PROGRAMME (10427/06)
Letter from the Chairman to Stephen Ladyman
MP, Minister of State for Transport, Department for Transport
Sub-Committee B considered this document, and
your Explanatory Memorandum, at its meeting on 24 July 2006.
We share your disappointment with this progress
report, which we agree falls clearly short of "a searching
assessment of the current state of play". We share your desire
for a more robust assessment by the Commission of the costs and
risks as called for by the Council as far back as December 2004.
Although the Commission's revised timetables for the programme
are, as you note, "more realistic" than the previous
timetables, they still seem "optimistic". We would be
grateful for your views on how the proposed system will compare
to the current capacity and technical effectiveness of the existing
US satellite system.
We will clear this document from scrutiny, but
would expect to receive any further assessments made by the Commission
for scrutiny. We trust that you will keep us informed of any developments
in this area.
25 July 2006