§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what accountancy firm advised his Department on the sale of(a) Rover and (b) Royal Ordnance plc.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
[holding answer 4 December 1989]: My Department took professional advice on the sale of its shareholdings in the Rover Group from Baring Brothers and Slaughter and May. The privatisation of Royal Ordnance plc is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence.