§ 69. Mr. Mason
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what communications he has now received from the United States Government and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration regarding the limitations being imposed on European and United Kingdom participation in the post-Apollo programme; to what extent the United States Government have stated that the strategic military value of this programme rules out outside contracting; and to what extent unemployment problems in the United States aerospace industries is the prohibiting factor regarding European and United Kingdom participation.
§ Mr. Michael Heseltine
None. A European Space Conference mission to Washington was told on 14th June that European participation in the programme was still desired by the United States but changes in the concept of the programme and uncertainty about the requirement for a space tug limited the possible arrangements.