§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer of 9 May,Official Report, column 70, if he will provide such information as is available on the cost of employing consultants in connection with privatisation programmes.
§ Mr. Gummer
[holding answer 13 May 1994]: The cost of employing consultants for privatisation is available centrally for only some programmes completed prior to 1992–93 and is approximately £26 million. All but £70,000 of this expenditure was due to the privatisation of the water authorities which generated net proceeds of £3,594.4 million. The remainder has been incurred in respect of the pending Docklands light railway privatisation.