HC Deb 22 March 1982 vol 20 cc230-1W
Mr. Hoyle

asked the Prime Minister in what circumstances a payment of £500,000 was made to N. M. Rothschild in connection with the sale of the British National Oil Corporation before the legislation authorising the sale had been approved by Parliament.

The Prime Minister

N. M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd. is advising the British National Oil Corporation, and such matters would therefore be the responsibility of the corporation. But I understand that no such payment has been made.