Critical National Infrastructure: Ownership — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 22nd July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Chair, Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee, Chair, Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee 3:07 pm, 22nd July 2013

My Lords, I note that the Minister does not know what proportion of our national infrastructure is owned by foreign interests, but he does acknowledge that most of it is. Our ports are owned by Dubai, the BT network is controlled by the Chinese and London’s electricity is supplied by the French. Does he not think that it is about time that the Government started to take our national sovereignty, and our freedom of manoeuvre, seriously?