§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. Kenneth Baker
For information up to 1989–90, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the then Home Secretary on 15 March 1990, at column 358. In 1990–91 payments in respect of expenses in furtherance of privatisation of the Independent Broadcasting Authority transmission system are expected to be £767,000. The costs of the current privatisation of the IBA, including fees paid to advisers, will be reported to Parliament after the sale is completed.