§ 41. Mr. Gerald Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list all those concerns in Scotland which have been privatised since 1979; and if he will estimate the consequent increase in share ownership in Scotland.
§ Mr. Lang
No public sector body which had a separate Scottish existence in 1979 has been transferred to private ownership since then.
The privatisations of the South of Scotland Electricity Board, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and the Scottish Bus Group are in preparation.
No separate estimates have been made of the increase in share ownership in Scotland due to the privatisation of Great Britain bodies.