§ Ms. Primarolo
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the effects for the United Kingdom technology base of the Matra/Marconi takeover of the BAe space division.
§ Mr. Leigh
British Aerospace has discontinued discussions with potential purchasers or partners for its 711W space systems business since it has not been possible to conclude a satisfactory agreement. In the light of that outcome, the British Aerospace board has decided to retain its space systems interests as a wholly owned subsidiary of British Aerospace plc.