§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the total sum paid out in fees to outside organisations in the furtherance of privatisation by his Department in 1979–80 and each year to date; and what is the estimate for 1989–90.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
In the privatisation of the National Seed Development Organisation and some of the assets of the Plant Breeding Institute, the fees and other sale expenses totalled about £0.6 million, as stated in the published appropriation account for class XII, vote 13 for 1987–88. This is the only privatisation conducted by this Department in the period referred to.