§ Mr. Bidwell
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what stage has been reached in selling motorway service areas to private operators; on which dates areas were sold to the operators listed in his answer of 10 December 1981, Official Report,.c 1389; which areas were involved; and on which dates each of the remaining areas are to be sold.
§ Mr. Fowler
Sales of 28 motorway service areas to Granada, Rank, Imperial Foods and Trusthouse Forte have now been completed and have brought in some £42 million to the Exchequer. Negotiations with the companies operating the remaining 10 service areas in England are still in progress.
The following are details of the service areas already sold with completion dates—completion dates for the remainder have not yet been fixed.
New leases have been completed in the following 28 cases on the dates shown:Granada Motorway Services Ltd. (11 December 1980)—Birch (M62), Exeter (M5), Frankley (M5), Heston (M4), Leigh Delamere (M4), Southwaite (M6), Toddington (M1), Trowell (M1), Washington Birtley (AI(M)), Woolley Edge (M1).Rank Organisation Ltd. (27 February 1981)—Aust (M4), Farthing Corner (M2), Forton (M6), Hilton Park (M6), Knutsford (M6).Motoross Ltd. (Imperial Foods) (31 March 1981)—Hartshead Moor (M62), Leicester Forest East (M1), Membury (M4), Michael Wood (M5).Trusthouse Forte Ltd. (30 April 1981)—Burtonwood (M62), Charnock Richard (M6), Corley (M6), Fleet (M3), Gordano (M5), Keele (M6), Newport Pagnell (M1), Scratchwood (M1), Woodall (M1).