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    1. May 23, 2016

      Competition watchdog warns against Land Registry sell-off

      The UK’s competition watchdog has warned against the privatisation of the Land Registry, which has recorded the...

    2. May 4, 2016

      Eurostar stake sale takes UK taxpayers on voyage into the red

      Selling off the family silver was an accusation that was thrown at British prime minister Margaret Thatcher by Harold...

    1. May 4, 2016

      Fraud fears raised over Land Registry privatisation

      Britain’s property ownership registry could be open to fraud and manipulation if privatised, the organisation set up by...

    2. April 17, 2016

      Business to be given choice of water supplier

      Hundreds of thousands of supermarkets, hotel chains, hospitals and charities will be able to switch their water...

    3. April 13, 2016

      Sell RBS at a loss, says outgoing Treasury head

      George Osborne will have to consider selling the public stake in Royal Bank of Scotland at a loss because keeping it in...

    4. April 1, 2016

      The long, slow decline of the British steel industry

      The British have sometimes been labelled a “nation of shopkeepers”, though probably not by Napoleon, as popularly...

    5. March 24, 2016

      Sale board poised to go back up on Land Registry

      The agency that records all land and property information in England and Wales is being weighed for privatisation, as...

    6. March 16, 2016

      Government plan to raise £29bn from RBS stake hit by share price

      Government plan to raise nearly £29bn over the next five years from the sale of Royal Bank of Scotland shares have been...

    7. March 16, 2016

      Osborne lays out plans for £17.5bn Bradford & Bingley loan sale

      George Osborne has laid out plans for selling £17.5bn of former Bradford & Bingley loans over the next two years in one...

    8. March 9, 2016

      UK rail: dogged by uncertainty

      In the UK’s privatised rail industry, competition is the dog that did not even whimper, let alone bark. More than 20...

    9. March 4, 2016

      MPs call for review of RBS privatisation

      An influential politician has called for a review of the sale of government shares in Royal Bank of Scotland, the UK’s...

    10. January 28, 2016

      Markets deal blow to Osborne’s Lloyds optimism

      It was only last August that George Osborne triumphantly declared his aim to sell the government’s entire stake in...

    11. January 28, 2016

      Five programmes to secure future of Channel 4

      It has been the commercial counterweight to ITV, the editorial competitor to the BBC and the launch pad for...

    12. January 6, 2016

      UK Treasury plans £17bn sale of Bradford & Bingley loans

      The Treasury has approached investment banking advisers about preparing a £17bn portfolio of loans from Bradford &...

    13. December 16, 2015

      Andrew Tyrie questions sale of £13bn Northern Rock loans

      The government is being urged to ensure that the £13bn sale of former Northern Rock loans to a US private equity fund...

    14. December 4, 2015

      George Osborne extends Lloyds sell-off plan

      George Osborne is extending the government’s programme of drip-feeding shares in Lloyds Banking Group into the market...

    15. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: Whitehall to sell £4.5bn of surplus land

      Whitehall departments have agreed to sell £4.5bn of surplus land and property by the end of the decade as part of a...

    16. November 23, 2015

      Osborne privatisations on a scale not seen since Thatcher

      George Osborne is expected to update parliament on attempts to sell a host of state-owned businesses to raise tens of...

    17. November 13, 2015

      Sale of N Rock’s ‘toxic’ loans heralds further privatisations

      George Osborne will this month announce a swath of privatisations of state assets, following the record-breaking £13bn...

    18. November 13, 2015

      UK Treasury sells £13bn of Northern Rock mortgages to Cerberus

      The UK government has struck a deal to sell a record-breaking £13bn of former Northern Rock mortgages to private equity...

    19. November 12, 2015

      A sell-off funded by a raid on housing would be monumentally wrong

      There is a statue of George Peabody, a whiskery Victorian banker, at the heart of the City. This commemorates his...

    20. November 12, 2015

      Osborne eyes privatisation of stake in social housing

      Chancellor George Osborne is considering a radical multibillion-pound plan to privatise the government’s stake in...

    21. November 12, 2015

      Network Rail privatisation to be considered as part of shake-up

      Network Rail could be privatised or run on a concession model in what would be the most wide-ranging shake-up of...

    22. November 6, 2015

      Auditors say early Eurostar sale cost taxpayer £745m

      The decision to sell the government’s stake in Eurostar is likey to have deprived the Treasury of more than £700m of...

    23. November 5, 2015

      MPs call for government to halt RBS sell-off

      MPs are calling for the government to suspend further sales of its stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland and to consider...

    24. October 20, 2015

      Scots resist Green Investment Bank sell-off

      Scotland could block UK government plans for the privatisation of its flagship Green Investment Bank, the Scottish...

    25. October 13, 2015

      Public ownership of Royal Mail draws to close with share sale

      Royal Mail has started a new chapter after the government ended 499 years of public ownership of the venerable...

    26. October 9, 2015

      UK government to convert RBS shares to aid privatisation

      The UK government has decided to convert part of its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland from non-voting B shares into...

    27. October 7, 2015

      Build houses on Britain’s wasted public land

      David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn agree that housing is a top priority for Britain. The Labour leader and the prime...

    28. October 7, 2015

      Q&A: Lloyds retail shares offer

      The UK government is pressing ahead with a retail offer of at least £2bn of shares in Lloyds Banking Group next spring,...

    29. October 5, 2015

      Lloyds share sale pits retail investors against big institutions

      The UK government plans to sell the last chunk of its shares in Lloyds Banking Group next March by playing off retail...

    30. October 5, 2015

      Multi-tentacled Lloyds stake sale fails Tell Sid test

      The privatisation of a government stake in Lloyds that once stood at 43 per cent has been more a case of “Tell Squid”...

    31. September 20, 2015

      UK utility privatisation beats state ownership, study concludes

      Utility privatisation in the UK is “not perfect” and benefits for customers are not obvious, but shareholders and the...

    32. September 9, 2015

      Role of state-run financial institutions increases

      The rapid growth of financial institutions under the government’s control will not be reversed by George Osborne’s...

    33. September 8, 2015

      Government defends RBS share sale timing

      The government body in charge of selling the taxpayers’ stake in Royal Bank of Scotland has defended the timing of the...

    34. August 24, 2015

      George Osborne aims to sell Lloyds stake within a year

      George Osborne aims to sell the government’s stake in Lloyds Banking Group within a year, prompting concern that he is...

    35. August 4, 2015

      Hedge funds make quick buck after getting wind of RBS stake sale

      Hedge funds made a fast buck at the taxpayer’s expense last week by betting against Royal Bank of Scotland shares...

    36. August 4, 2015

      Government stake sale in Royal Bank of Scotland draws fire

      It may have been a watershed moment for Britain’s banking system, but George Osborne was “not around” on Tuesday to...

    37. August 4, 2015

      Sale of RBS stake marks start of the UK’s biggest privatisation

      Chancellor George Osborne has kicked off Britain’s biggest privatisation by selling £2bn of shares in Royal Bank of...

    38. August 3, 2015

      Reluctant shareholder George Osborne loses patience with RBS

      Seven years, three chief executives and £45bn of taxpayer funds later, the British government’s decision to start...

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