§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science 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. Eggar
In the privatisation of the National Seed Development Organisation Ltd. and assets of the Plant Breeding Institute, the fees and other sale expenses in 1987–88 totalled about £0.6 million as stated in the published appropriation account for class XII, vote 13. In 1986 fees amounted to only £48,000, as stated in the published appropriation account for class XII, vote 4 for 1986–87. This is the only privatisation conducted by this Department in the period referred to.