§ Mr. Salmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what time scale he has given his merchant bank advisors to report on the privatisation of the Scottish Bus Group; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Rifkind
I have asked Quayle Munro Ltd. to provide me with advice by mid-April on the full range of options for privatisation of the Scottish Bus Group. Once I have that advice I will be able to decide upon the best form of privatisation and what legislative provisions will be required.