§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what payments have been made to the United States Government for participation in a shuttle launch in 1986.
§ Mr. Pattie
Pending the Government's decision announced on 20 December — [Vol. 51, c. 1271—that Skynet 4A and 4B should be launched by shuttle, in 1985 and 1986 respectively, provisional payments totalling some £4.35 million were made to avoid prejudicing the launch dates in the event of shuttle being selected. Additional payments were made for integration and in-orbit support.