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    1. October 13, 2014

      George Osborne aims for pre-election sale of Eurostar holding

      Britain has started the sale of the government’s 40 per cent stake in Eurostar, the high-speed train company, with the aim...

    2. October 10, 2014

      Chart that tells a story – Royal Mail

      What does this show? It has been a year since Royal Mail’s controversial initial public offering. This shows how the...

    1. September 16, 2014

      Lord Myners assembles team of heavyweights to look at sell-offs

      Lord Myners, the former City minister, has recruited a series of City heavyweights to examine the £2bn sale of Royal Mail...

    2. September 7, 2014

      ‘Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else’ by James Meek

      James Meek’s Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else is an energetic and colourfully told polemic against...

    3. August 17, 2014

      Councils privatise their legal departments

      A growing number of councils across the UK are trying to privatise their legal departments as they seek to bolster their...

    4. August 15, 2014

      Lib Dems plan freedom of information rules for private companies

      Water companies, the “Big Six” energy suppliers and housing associations would be forced to open their books to the public...

    5. August 12, 2014

      Network Rail debt move goes off track

      Ministers are exploring ways to reverse the accounting changes that will next month see Network Rail’s £34bn of gross debts...

    6. July 29, 2014

      £5.8bn of NHS work being advertised to private sector

      About £5.8bn of NHS work is being advertised to the private sector in moves that are slowly transforming the nature of...

    7. July 14, 2014

      Coalition abandons plan to privatise UK Land Registry

      The government has dropped plans to privatise the Land Registry after heated rows between the Tories and Liberal Democrats...

    8. July 11, 2014

      Retail investors stay loyal to Royal Mail

      Institutions may have come under fire for selling their Royal Mail shares at a quick profit, but individual shareholders...

    9. July 10, 2014

      Sell-off expert says Royal Mail sale delivered poor value

      The sale of Royal Mail achieved poorer value for money for taxpayers than the state sell-offs of the 1980s and 1990s, the...

    10. July 9, 2014

      Vince Cable orders review into sell-off of state assets

      Ministers have ordered a review into the sell-off of state assets, just days before MPs publish a report that is expected to...

    11. June 20, 2014

      Shareholdings hit post-crisis high

      The value of shareholdings held by private investors rose to £238.8bn by the middle of June, its highest level since the...

    12. June 20, 2014

      Spire dreaming of £1bn flotation after Cinven ends sale talks

      Britain’s second-largest chain of private hospitals is finalising plans for a £1bn stock market flotation, as it seeks to...

    13. May 22, 2014

      Royal Mail flotation row continues

      The squabble over whether Royal Mail was sold too cheaply at its flotation last autumn shows little sign of abating, as the...

    14. May 16, 2014

      Government looks set to retain Royal Mail stake

      Ministers bruised by the squabble over the Royal Mail privatisation appear in no hurry to start selling the state’s...

    15. April 30, 2014

      Lazard made £8m profit in Royal Mail share sell-off

      The investment arm of the government’s independent adviser on the privatisation of Royal Mail made an £8m profit selling...

    16. April 7, 2014

      Cable faces more questions on Royal Mail

      Vince Cable is being recalled by MPs to give further evidence about the government's privatisation of the Royal Mail, after...

    17. April 2, 2014

      No ‘gentleman’s agreement’ on Royal Mail, says Vince Cable

      Vince Cable on Wednesday denied that there was any “gentleman’s agreement” with blue-chip investors on Royal Mail...

    18. April 1, 2014

      Taxpayer lost out to big investors in mail float, says watchdog

      Blue-chip investors made “substantial” profits from selling their allocation of Royal Mail shares within weeks of its...

    19. March 17, 2014

      Postcode data should not have been sold with Royal Mail, say MPs

      MPs have criticised the government for selling off postcode data as part of the privatisation of Royal Mail last year,...

    20. March 10, 2014

      Philip Hammond discloses £400m deal to outsource running of military bases

      Britain’s military bases are to be partly privatised in a controversial deal that would see sites such as Portsmouth naval...

    21. February 23, 2014

      L&G plans to begin lending to larger SMEs

      Legal & General, the UK's biggest pension fund manager, has unveiled plans to begin lending to medium-sized UK companies in...

    22. February 18, 2014

      Civil servants’ contract skills ‘lacking’

      Nearly three years since David Cameron called civil servants the “enemies of enterprise”, British business says the...

    23. February 6, 2014

      Royal Mail privatisation row reignites

      A range of investment banks valued Royal Mail last spring at up to £1.5bn more than it was eventually sold for, according to...

    24. February 5, 2014

      UK Cabinet Office ‘nudge’ team to be spun off into private group

      Ministers are poised to launch one of the biggest experiments in British public sector reform when they move a Cabinet...

    25. January 28, 2014

      UK government puts RBS share sale on hold after £8bn loss

      The government has abandoned hope of selling any shares in Royal Bank of Scotland before the general election after the bank...

    26. January 23, 2014

      UK government poised to sell off Land Registry

      The agency that records all land and property information in England and Wales could be sold off, as the UK government tries...

    27. January 8, 2014

      UK public wins say in sale of state buildings and land

      The public has been invited to come forward with suggestions on which state-owned land and buildings should be sold off by...

    28. December 19, 2013

      G4S faces second Serious Fraud Office investigation

      G4S was referred to the Serious Fraud Office for a second time in six months on Thursday, underscoring the extent of...

    29. December 11, 2013

      Senior MPs call for parliamentary commission on the civil service

      David Cameron will on Thursday come under pressure from senior MPs to launch a full inquiry into how to make the civil...

    30. December 9, 2013

      MoD seeks to rescue privatisation plan

      The government is scrambling to salvage key elements of its drive to overhaul the Ministry of Defence’s £14bn procurement...

    31. December 9, 2013

      Royal Mail three-year pay and peace deal averts Christmas strike

      Royal Mail has reached a three-year pay deal worth 9.06 per cent with its main union, including a legally binding agreement...

    32. December 4, 2013

      Insurers to promise £25bn for infrastructure

      Six major insurance companies will announce plans on Wednesday to invest £25bn into UK infrastructure as ministers seek to...

    33. November 27, 2013

      Royal Mail figures fuel privatisation row

      Royal Mail will maintain steady revenue growth, its chief executive forecast, as the furore over whether the postal operator...

    34. November 27, 2013

      Alliance Boots can dispel WoW factor with disclosure

      Alliance Boots has all the characteristics a tax campaigner could ask for in a target. It is a trusted healthcare retailer,...

    35. November 27, 2013

      Ministers defend Royal Mail sale price

      The privatisation of Royal Mail, Britain’s most ambitious state sell-off for decades, would have been put at “considerable...

    36. October 24, 2013

      Labour to consider renationalising railways

      The renationalisation of Britain’s railways is back on the table after Labour’s new shadow transport secretary said she was...

    37. October 23, 2013

      Royal Mail sell-off to be probed by National Audit Office

      The National Audit Office is to carry out a value for money examination of the Government’s privatisation of the Royal Mail....

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