HC Deb 19 March 1986 vol 94 c232W
25. Mr. David Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the progress of local authorities in privatising services.

Mr. Kenneth Baker

The fact that so few local authorities have voluntarily subjected their services to competition is a matter of continuing disappointment to the Government. Ratepayers are being denied savings for no good reason whatever.