§ 21. Mr. Albert Roberts
asked the Minister of Technology if he will make a statement on the space programme prepared by his department.
§ Mr. Marsh
My right hon. Friend has no direct responsibility for space research but following an invitation from the Secretary of State for Education and Science, he has directed the Atomic Energy Authority to undertake research on the design of the "payload" for the large astronomical satellite project of the European Space Research Organisation. At present, the Authority is carrying out a preliminary design study, which is expected to take about six months.
§ Mr. Roberts
Has there been co-operation between my right hon Friend's Department and the Postmaster-General about satellite communications?