§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions he has had with his opposite numbers in the European Space Agency about setting in hand a technology demonstration programme.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Technology demonstration is a component of many ESA programmes. The agency also has an optional in-orbit technology demonstration activity, already under way. I have not had occasion to discuss this with my ESA opposite numbers, although my officials at the British National Space Centre keep closely in touch with officials at ESA.