§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list, for each privatisation measure since 1983, the Government's merchant bank advisers, brokers and reporting accountants, and details of any advertising agency involved; and if he will state whether any form of competitive tendering was undertaken in each case for each service.
§ Mr. Brooke
The Government's merchant bank advisers and brokers in each of the privatisation sales since 1983 are as follows. Reporting accountants and advertising agencies employed in the sales were usually joint appointments with the company, and are also listed. In addition, a number of sales of subsidiaries were carried out by nationalised industries. Details of the advisers for these sales are not held centrally.
In each of the privatisation sales, except for British Airways, the appointment of merchant bank advisers, brokers and advertising agencies was subject to competition. In the case of British Airways, Hill Samuel (the merchant bank advisers) had advised when privatisation was first considered in 1980 and were retained for the sale because of their knowledge of the company—a competitive rate having been negotiated.605W
The appointment of reporting accountants was subject to competition in the case of Enterprise Oil, British Telecom and the Plant Breeding Institute/National Seed Development Organisation. In the other privatisation sales the companies' auditors were appointed without
Company Date of Sale Government Merchant bank Adviser Government Brokers Reporting Accountant Advertising Agency (Joint appointment unless otherwise stated) Associated British Ports 1983 J. Henry Schroder Wagg W. Greenwell & Co. Price Waterhouse — Enterprise Oil 1984 Kleinwort Benson Cazenove De Zoete and Bevan Peat, Marwick, Mitchell — British Telecom 1984 Kleinwort Benson Hoare Govett De Zoete and Bevan Coopers and Lybrand Dorlands British Gas 1986 N. M. Rothschild Cazenove Wood MacKenzie James Capel Price Waterhouse Young & Rubicam1 British Airways 1987 Hill Samuel Cazenove Wood MacKenzie Ernst and Whinney Allen Brady & Marsh2 Royal Ordnance 1987 N. M. Rothschild Hoare Govett Coopers and Lybrand — Rolls Royce 1987 Samuel Montagu James Capel Coopers and Lybrand Collett, Dickinson Pearce3 BAA 1987 County Nat West Cazenove County Nat West Touche Ross J. Walter Thompson Plant Breeding Institute/ National Seed Development Organisation 1987 Lazards — Touche Ross — 1 Dewe Rogerson were also employed for the advertising of the collection of the second instalment.2 2 Government only. The company employed its own agency. 3 Binns Vereka were also employed for the advertising of the collection of the second instalment.