29 November 1996

ADAS takeover not on: MAFF

BIDS by chemical companies, interested in a take-over of ADAS, are likely to be ruled out by government.

Lord Lucas, MAFF spokesman in the Lords said that under criteria set for privatisation "a take-over of ADAS by a chemical company, which would threaten the future of its independent research is likely to be heavily discounted".

And he told Peers that "a management buy-out would be an excellent idea".