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For immediate release: July 19, 2006

Statement By U.K. Minister For Housing And Planning

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced that on July 18, 2006, the Minister for Housing and Planning in the United Kingdom made a statement regarding the Government's implementation strategy for Home Information Packs (HIPs). A copy of the statement is available at:

The statement advises that the Government has concluded that HIPs will be introduced with searches and other key documents from June 1, 2007 and an Energy Performance Certificate will be included on a mandatory basis from that date. The Government will work with industry to facilitate a market-led take-up of full Home Condition Reports, which will be voluntary at inception.

About MDA

MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide.

Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of earth and space based information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.

MDA employs more than 3,000 people in locations across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. with respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and MDA's actual results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Additional information on these and other potential factors that could affect MDA's financial results are detailed in documents filed from time to time with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of this release.

For more information, please contact:

Wendy Keyzer
MDA External Relations
Telephone: 604-231-2743

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