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MPs claim Royal Mail sell-off cost taxpayers £1 billion

Taxpayers have lost £1 billion over Royal Mail's privatisation because the Government underestimated demand for shares, MPs have reported.

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MPs: Government failed to reap Royal Mail's benefits

A select committee said they were "disturbed" that the Government may have failed to reap the benefits of privatising the Royal Mail.

The MPs said Royal Mail's assets included three sites in London valued by the Business Department at around £200 million, which the National Audit Office said possessed a "hidden value" worth £330 million to £830 million.

The Business Select Committee said taxpayers were missing out on 'significant value.' Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The committee found the Shareholder Executive, Lazard - the Government's financial adviser - and UBS and Goldman Sachs - the Government's global co-ordinators - failed to gauge demand at higher price levels and did not give appropriate consideration to maximising value for money for the taxpayer.

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