Newspaper Distribution

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Smith of Leigh Lord Smith of Leigh Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the current system for the wholesale distribution of national newspapers serves the interests of the public and of the smaller retailers.

Photo of Lord Sainsbury of Turville Lord Sainsbury of Turville Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Science and Innovation), Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry) (Science and Innovation)

The Director General of Fair Trading monitors the newspaper distribution markets and does not believe there are currently grounds, under the Competition Act, for an investigation.

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