Monopolies and Mergers Commission

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27 October 1980.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Forman Mr Nigel Forman , Sutton Carshalton 12:00, 27 October 1980

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what will be the next reference under section 11 of the Competition Act to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

Photo of Sir Anthony Meyer Sir Anthony Meyer , Flint West

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what will be the next reference under section 11 of the Competition Act to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

Photo of Mrs Sally Oppenheim Mrs Sally Oppenheim , Gloucester

We have a number of prospective candidates under review and I hope to make an announcement very shortly. Meanwhile, I intend to extend the terms of reference of the Severn-Trent Water Board reference to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to include the question of scope for more extensive optional metering.

Photo of Mr Nigel Forman Mr Nigel Forman , Sutton Carshalton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that that announcement will be welcomed by those concerned with those matters? Will she note that section 11 references are a useful reinforcement of the Government's competition policy?

Photo of Mrs Sally Oppenheim Mrs Sally Oppenheim , Gloucester

I agree with my hon. Friend. There is no shortage of candidates for the investigations, which have proved to be extremely popular and effective. It is simply a question of choosing between competing priorities and demands.