16 Feb 2012

More investment in SOEs possible - English

3:22 pm on 16 February 2012

Minister of Finance Bill English says the Government could invest more in the state-owned companies up for partial sale than it has under their current full ownership.

Mr English says the Government has previously been reluctant to pour taxpayer dollars into new investment projects at the state-owned enterprises.

But he says the increased scrutiny from sharemarket analysts of partly privatised companies could change that.

He says the Government would feel more comfortable about making new investments if more people were analysing the companies' investments choices.