§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the study group on the privatisation of Royal ordnance factories to report; whether any negotiations for the sale of Royal ordnance factories have taken place; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Goodhart
The study group which is considering options for the future development of the Royal ordnance factories has not yet completed its work and I am therefore not able to predict when it will report.91W
No negotiations for the sale of any of the factories have taken place.