Mr. Alan Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what consideration was given to including, in the advertisement placed in theOfficial Journal of the European Community for the sale of DVOIT, a requirement that it must remain in Swansea;
(2) if he will make a statement on the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 to the proposed privatisation of DVOIT in Swansea.
§ Mr. John Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that the advertisement for the privatisation of the Department of Transport agencies based in Swansea will specify that the privatised facilities should remain in the Swansea area.
§ Mr. MacGregor
[holding answer 10 February 1993]: I am advised that the proposed privatisation of DVOIT by means of a sale to a private sector company will be a transfer within the terms of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981. Future location options for DVOIT will be a matter for prospective purchasers of the agency to consider.