[Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] — Backbench business — Private Finance Initiative
Paul Uppal (Wolverhampton South West, Conservative)
I will attempt to be brief. Does he concur with my view that, although the picture is mixed, the fundamental issue is that the PFIs are often short-term solutions to the long-term problems that we face in government? That is illustrated exactly by the issue with Southern Cross, which has often used sale and leaseback to finance its own businesses.