§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will detail his reasons for consenting to the public flotation of the Forth ports authority.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
The Forth ports authority submitted proposals to my right hon. and learned Friend for the privatisation of its undertaking by means of a flotation.154W My right hon. and learned Friend was satisfied that they were in accordance with the provisions of the Ports Act 1991. On this basis he was able to give the authority his consent in principle.