HC Deb 05 December 1972 vol 847 cc403-4W
Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on space programmes during the financial year 1971-72; and to which programmes the money was allocated.

Mr. Onslow

Total United Kingdom expenditure on space programmes during 1971–72 was some £28 million. This figure is derived from the latest outturn forecasts, since the Appropriation Account has not yet been presented.

Of this total my Department was responsible for expenditure of £7.48 million, comprising £5.37 million for expenditure on the National Space Technology Programme, £1.94 million for contributions to the ESRO applications programme, and £0.17 million for contributions to post-Apollo studies conducted by the European Space Conference.

The balance represents expenditure on programmes for which other official bodies are responsible, as follows:

Expenditure £m.
Department of Education and Science (through Science Research Council):
1. Contribution to ESRO Scientific Programme 4.70
2. National Scientific Space Programme 5.53
Ministry of Defence 8.36
Post Office:
1. Post Office Earth Terminals 2.16
2. Contribution to INTELSAT (quota payments less revenue receipts) Credit of 0.30
TOTAL (other Departments) £20.45

Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the gross national product is spent on aerospace.

Mr. Onslow

Expenditure by Her Majesty's Government and other United Kingdom customers in the United Kingdom industry—excluding transactions between manufacturers—and on imported aerospace products in 1971 amounted to about 1¼ per cent. of GNP. If expenditure in Government research establishments and on products of other industries for aerospace purposes is included the figure is about 2 per cent.

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