§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 1991–92.111W
§ Mr. David Hunt
No expenditure was incurred by my Department on privatisation prior to 1988–89.
Subsequently, sums were paid in respect of water privatisation. The total sums paid to outside organisations on water privatisation in 1989–90 and 1990–91 were £13.3 million and £0.8 million respectively. Costs incurred in 1991–92 will be reported to Parliament in the usual way.