§ Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many national bus companies and municipal bus undertakings were privatised; and how many are still owned by the first owners following privatisation. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The 72 subsidiaries of the National Bus Company and the 10 companies in the Scottish Bus Group were privatised; 31 municipal bus companies have been sold by the local authorities concerned.
There is no requirement to report to this Department subsequent changes of ownership, which are a matter for the commercial market and, where relevant, the competition authorities.