§ Mr. Patrick Thompson
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make an announcement on the progress of the sale of the Occupational Health and Safety Agency. 
§ Mr. Freeman
The House was informed on 23 November 1995 that it was the Government's intention to sell the Occupational Health and Safety Agency. I announced the shortlist of four companies to the House on 26 June. It is the Government's intention to identify a preferred bidder by the end of July and to complete the sale as soon as possible thereafter.