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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17943: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 1 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the proposed spaceport on the A'Mhoine peninsula.

Answered by: Ivan McKee 17 August 2018

Paul Wheelhouse, the then-Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy highlighted to Sam Gyimah, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, his support of the small satellite launch opportunity for Scotland and the benefits of a spaceport to our burgeoning small-satellite manufacturing industry. The Scottish Government supports all Scottish bids, including those who submitted a proposal to the UK Space Agency. Once the UK Government had made its decision on shortlisted sites, Mr Wheelhouse emphasised to the UK Minister, the key strengths of the two shortlisted sites in Scotland who were still in the running for UK Space Agency funding at that time: A’Mhoine and Prestwick.