§ Mr. Bayley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what' was the closing date for companies wishing to pre-qualify for bidding to buy British60W Railway's ROSCOs; how many companies have sought to pre-qualify for each of the three ROSCOs; and which companies these are. 
§ Mr. Watts
Midnight on 21 April 1995, by which time strong interest had been shown by financial institutions, leasing companies and manufacturers in the United Kingdom and in eight other countries. Prospective purchasers will not be asked to identify their preferences for each of the three ROSCOs until later in the sale process. The identity of bidders is commercially sensitive.