§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the nationalised industries under his control and outline the factors taken into consideration since 1979 concerning their possible privatisation.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
The nationalised industries for which my right hon. Friend is responsible are the South of Scotland Electricity Board, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and the Scottish Transport Group. The factors relevant to the consideration of privatisation include reduction in the financial commitment of the taxpayer, increased competition and improvement in the provision of services for customers.