§ Mr. Alex Carlile
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the implications 848W of the settlement reached between British Airways and the Laker Airways liquidator for the viability and timing of the proposed privatisation of British Airways.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
The settlement of the Laker liquidator's action clears one hurdle in the way of the privatisation of British Airways. The Government intend that privatisation should take place as soon as possible, but there are legal issues arising out of US anti-trust law still to be resolved before a date can be set.