§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their attitude to the French HELIOS II reconnaissance satellite programme that is being discussed next week between M. Chirac and Herr Kohl and whether they hope to participate in it; and
What is their attitude to the OSIRUS/HAURUS military imaging radar spacecraft programme that is being discussed next week by M. Chirac and Herr Kohl and whether they hope to participate in it.115WA
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe)
The possibility of a European space satellite system is one of the options being considered by the current Western European Union study into future space requirements. The United Kingdom is playing a full part in this study and will consider on their merits any proposals that might emerge on HELIOS II or related optical or radar systems.