20 July 2009
UK SPACE AGENCY CONSULTATION
In response to Lord Drayson's announcement today launching a consultation on a UK space agency, the Chairman of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee, Phil Willis MP, said:
"I welcome the launch of the consultation today to determine the merits of a UK space agency, but I am concerned that Lord Drayson has publicly stated his own views so early in the process.
"When we examined this issue in 2007 (as the Science and Technology Committee) we concluded that although we supported some of the principles behind the creation of a space agency, such as centralised decision-making and a higher international profile, if current levels of expenditure in space persist, the Government should not establish a UK space agency.
"We welcome Lord Drayson's initiative and his desire to revisit this issue in greater detail, but unless significant resources are put into a UK space agency, it will be a space agency in name only."
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Science and Technology Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2006-07, 2007: A Space Policy, was published on 17 July 2007 and can be viewed here: