§ Mr. Nellist
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contracts for new satellites have been placed by Her Majesty's Government in each of the past 10 years; with which companies; and for what total value.
§ Mr. Pattie
In the past 10 years, three contracts, one in each of the years 1981, 1985 and 1986, have been placed by Her Majesty's Government for the supply of a total of five Skynet 4 military communications satellites: three (Skynet 4A, 4B and 4C) for the Ministry of Defence; two (NATO IVA and IVB) for NATO. All three contracts have been placed with British Aerospace with Marconi Space Systems as principal sub-contractor. The total value of the three contracts is some £200 million.