§ Mr. Atkinson
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he has any plans to increase the United Kingdom contribution to the European Space Agency; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Butcher
No. The European Space Agency's draft proposals, likely to be tabled at the forthcoming ministerial council meeting on 9 and 10 November look over-ambitious and very expensive. My right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster500W will be arguing for a fundamental reappraisal of the agency's plans and for an overhaul of its operating methods.