§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what was the total sum paid out in fees to outside organisations in the furtherance of privatisation by his Department in 1979–80 and in each following year; and what is his estimate for 1990–91 and budget for 1991–92.
§ Mr. Wakeham
Total expenditure on fees paid to outside organisations in relation to the privatisation of Amersham International, Britoil and Enterprise Oil could not be provided without incurring disproportionate costs. Fees paid to outside organisations in the case of the privatisation of British Gas and of the regional electricity companies and the electricity generating companies in England and Wales are as follows:
British Gas Electricity industry £ million £ million 1985–86 1.4 — 1986–87 162.4 — 1987–88 10.5 0.8 1988–89 11.1 5.5 1989–90 2.2 12.1
The remaining costs resulting from the privatisation of British Gas and of the regional electricity companies and electricity generating companies, including fees paid to advisers, will be published in due course.