§ 30. Mr. Soames
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of privatisation of the bus services.
§ Mr. Portillo
Privatisation of all 72 subsidiaries of the National Bus Company was completed in April 1988. Eight local authority bus companies have also been privatised and other sales are in the pipeline. Privatisation of the Scottish Bus Group is to begin shortly. I intend that privatisation should also occur in London.