HC Deb 19 December 2003 vol 416 c165W
Nick Harvey

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what precedent there is for the UK Government purchasing an overseas company; and if he will make a statement. [144114]

Mr. Boateng

From time to time, the Boards of state-owned enterprises take commercial decisions involving overseas investments. These decisions are a matter for those Boards under their governance arrangements with the responsible shareholding departments.