§ Sir Anthony Grant
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a further statement on the sale of part of the Plant Breeding Institute and the National Seed Development Organisation.
After consideration of the bids received, the following companies have now been included on a short list of possible purchasers for certain Plant Breeding Institute plant breeding assets and the National Seed Development Organisation :
- Booker plc
- Imperial Chemical Industries plc
- Unilever plc
I shall announce the name of the successful purchaser in due course.