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Volume 180: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update his answer to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) Official Report, 18 November 1986, column 82, as to the number of individual shareholders retaining shares in each of the concerns privatised since 1979.

The table shows the number of shareholdings in each of the companies privatised since 1979. Where Her Majesty's Government retained a shareholding on privatisation this has also been shown.

I met Mr. Bailey and other representatives of the Machine Tool Trade Association on 24 October. It is not our practice to disclose the content of such private discussions.