§ 28. Mr. Prescott
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the report prepared for his Department by Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, entitled, "Study of Structural Options for Railway Privatisation."
§ Mr. Channon
No. Deloitte, Haskins and Sells was not asked to make recommendations or reach conclusions: its study for the Department and British Rail consists of a set of working papers which will form a basis for further studies. They contain commercially confidential information and would be unsuitable for publication.
If a decision is taken to privatise British Rail, I shall publish the Government's conclusions in due course.