HC Deb 29 October 1987 vol 121 c383W
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.

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