Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


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

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