§ Mr. Marten
asked the Minister of Technology what assurances he has had from the American authorities that they will launch a commercial or military satellite for Great Britain; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Benn
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 1966 under which the United States has agreed to launch two military communication satellites as part of the "Skynet" system. The United Kingdom has no requirement for a commercial communication satellite in respect of which such assurances could have been sought.