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Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies have been returned to the private sector by his Department since 1979.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) on 9 January [columns. 517-18]. My Department had primary responsibility for returning seven companies to the private sector.