HC Deb 19 December 1983 vol 51 c86W
Mr. Michael Forsyth

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the nationalised industries for which he is responsible and the plans he has for their future privatisation.

Mr. Butler

There are no formal nationalised industries in Northern Ireland. However, the Northern Ireland Electricity Service, the Belfast Harbour Authority and the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company with its four subsidiaries (Ulsterbus, Citybus, Northern Ireland Railways and Northern Ireland Airports Ltd.) are regarded as broadly analogous to nationalised industries. I have at present no plans for their privatisation, but the prospects for these and other publicly owned industries in Northern Ireland are kept continually under review.

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