HC Deb 21 December 1981 vol 15 cc312-3W
Mr. Renton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies, all or part of whose equity is vested, directly or indirectly, in the Secretary of State, are classified to be private sector and in consequence may make borrowings which do not impinge upon the public sector borrowing requirement.

Mr. Brittan

[pursuant to the reply, 17 December 1981, c. 219]: I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer given on 14 December by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson) —[Vol. 14, c. 8–9]. All the Companies Act companies listed—apart from the National Freight Company, which the Government intend to sell shortly, and the National Seed Development Organisation—are classified to the private sector.