HC Deb 16 April 2002 vol 383 cc847-8W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding the Government have provided for the Beagle 2 spacecraft; and if she will make a statement on the mission. [48931]

Ms Hewitt

Beagle 2 is the British-led lander that it is planned to deploy from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiting spacecraft onto the surface of Mars at new year 2004.

UK statistical inquiries of businesses carried out by the ONS 2001
Statistical inquiry Frequency1 Number of forms in 2001 compliance year
Earnings and employment
Wages and Salaries M 99,600
New Earnings A 234,700
Labour Disputes C 287
The Quarterly Inquiry into the number of employees in local government (local authority survey) Q 1,800
Vacancy Rate Inquiry M 62,952
Overseas and financial
Unit Trusts Quarterly Return of Transactions Q 328
Unit Trusts Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities A 82
Property Unit Trusts Quarterly Return of Transactions Q 48
Property Unit Trusts Annual Assets and Liabilities A 12

The overall cost of Beagle 2, not including the ground segment and instruments, is approximately £40 million, with non UK-Government contributions coming from ESA, private sponsorship and investment by a consortium of UK firms and universities. The contribution of the Government are as follows:

Mars Express: £18 million over the period 1998 to 2005 (Department of Trade and Industry and Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, PPARC).

Beagle 2: The Department of Trade and Industry (including the Office of Science and Technology) has committed up to £18.3 million over the period 2000 to 2003 but this sum may be defrayed by contributions from other partners and investments from the private sector. PPARC has additionally contributed £2.7 million over the period 1998 to 2003 to British universities for the provision of instruments and is currently considering a further contribution of £2.6 million for the ground segment.

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