Government's £16bn sale of assets 英国政府将出售160亿
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Gordon Brown is to announce the sale of £16bn worth of assets by the government in a bid to shore up public finances.


One of the assets the government will sell is the Tote bookmakers
One of the assets the government will sell is the Tote bookmakers

The prime minister will give details of initial sales which could raise £3bn - including the Tote, the Dartford crossing and the student loan book.

He will announce the sale in a speech on Monday as an alternative to immediate1 cuts proposed by the Tories.

The Conservatives said the sale was "probably necessary" but "no substitute for a long-term plan".

Mr Brown will say premature2 cuts risk "snuffing out" the economic recovery when the job of fixing the global economy is only half done.

The plan is to sell a "portfolio3(文件夹,证券投资组合) of non-financial assets" held by Whitehall and local authorities over the next two years.

They will include the Tote bookmakers, Dartford crossing, the student loan book, the Channel Tunnel rail link and - having protected national security - the government's stake in Urenco.

This is a European uranium consortium(联合,合伙), in which the government has a 33% stake. It supplies equipment to enrich uranium for the nuclear industry.

The government will also sell surplus(多余的,过剩的) real estate which is part of the £220bn owned by its departments and agencies.

"We need a deficit4(赤字,不足) reduction plan that supports growth and jobs not one that snuffs out(掐灭) recovery before it has started," the prime minister will say.

"Restoring public finance sustainability must be done in a way that supports growth not destroys it. The failure to do so is the real risk of a lost decade of austerity(朴素,节俭)."

The funds raised will help finance new capital investment and pay down debt, Mr Brown will say.

In April, Chancellor5 Alistair Darling forecast that public borrowing this year would reach a record £175bn over the next two years.

A Conservative Party spokesman said: "As any family knows selling off things helps in the short-term and, given the state the country is in, is probably necessary but it is no substitute for(代替) a long-term plan to get the country to live within its means."

The Liberal Democrat6 Treasury7 spokesman, Vince Cable, said the policy was fundamentally flawed.

He said: "Part of the problem here is that a lot of the family silver's already been sold. There isn't very much left, I mean the last government had massive disposal of assets and there's only a little bit, there are a few offerings left.

"What worries me about the government proposal is that they're proposing to sell off in very depressed8 markets, under very depressed markets for land and for shares.

"The student loan book is a slightly easier thing because it's government backed, but they're going to get very distressed9 prices. This is not a good time to sell assets."

Number 10 said the sale marks the beginning of a radical10 assessment11 of what other non-core government business activities can best be done by, or in partnership12 with, the private sector13.

However Downing Street added that although these actions are important, a vital force for debt reduction will be the restoration of strong, sustainable growth within the economy.


1 immediate aapxh     
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  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
2 premature FPfxV     
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  • The premature baby is doing well.那个早产的婴儿很健康。
3 portfolio 9OzxZ     
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  • He resigned his portfolio.他辞去了大臣职务。
4 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
5 chancellor aUAyA     
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11 assessment vO7yu     
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12 partnership NmfzPy     
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