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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08174: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the UK Spaceport programme.

Answered by: Keith Brown 27 March 2017

The UK Spaceport programme is a reserved matter for the UK Government. A Draft Spaceflight Bill was published on 21 February 2017. This sets out how the UK Government plans to regulate launch-to-orbit and sub-orbital spaceflight activities from UK spaceports. This Bill provides for the creation of a regulatory framework to enable commercial spaceflight activities to be carried out from spaceports in the United Kingdom.

Now that the UK Government has published the Draft Spaceflight Bill, we would encourage them to ensure all interested parties are given a clear understanding of the infrastructure requirements involved, to allow interested parties to make progress in developing viable business models.