§ Mr. Wilkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the progress of discussions made on his behalf within the independent European programme group about the proposed collaborative COBRA counter artillery radar tracking system; and what proportion of the cost of this programme is expected to be funded by Her Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
In conjunction with our French and German partners we are currently evaluating project definition study reports submitted by three industrial consortia in December last. We expect that a decision on whether to proceed to full development and, if so, under what arrangements, will be taken by about the middle of this year.