Competition Markets Authority

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new Competition Markets Authority, to be established by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, will have the power to intervene in any proposed mergers of NHS trusts that they consider to be anti-competitive.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Office of Fair Trading has not considered National Health Service Trusts to be enterprises for the purpose of the merger controls under the Enterprise Act 2002. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill would not change the definition of enterprises for these purposes.

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