Grocery Trade: Competition

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

(1) whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects of implementation of the Competition Commission's proposals for a grocery supply ombudsman on (a) grocery prices and (b) affordability of goods in supermarkets;

(2) what regulatory impact assessment he has made of implementation of the Competition Commission's proposals for a grocery supply ombudsman;

(3) whether he has made an estimate of the cost of implementing the Competition Commission's proposal for a grocery supply ombudsman.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (also Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for Children, Schools and Families)

An impact assessment will be produced and published alongside any future consultation on the Competition Commission's (CC's) proposals for a groceries supply code of practice (GSCOP) ombudsman. The assessment will consider and take into account the effects of the CC's proposals and include the costs and benefits of the implementing the proposal, grocery prices and the affordability of goods in supermarkets.

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