§ Mr. Atkinson
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much British investment is required for United Kingdom companies to qualify for contracts for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Butcher
The preparatory work for the Ariane 5 programme has indicated a potential United Kingdom industrial involvement amounting to 2.8 per cent. At this rate of contribution the United Kingdom would have to contribute about £84 million to ESA between now and 1997. This programme will be one of the programmes to be considered at the ESA ministerial meeting on 9–10 July.