§ Ms Dari Taylor
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if the Government have clarified for British Telecom its position on the Special Share in advance of the company's annual general meeting of 16 July. 
§ Mrs. Beckett
I have written to British Telecom stating that the Government is willing to redeem its Share. This decision was taken after careful consideration of the specific issues involved; it has no implications for other Special Shares where any decisions would have to take account of the different circumstances in each case.