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Supermarkets: Competition

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans the Competition and Markets Authority has to assess market features restricting, preventing or distorting competition between supermarkets and small independent retailers.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The new Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will come into force formally in April 2014. It will take forward the responsibilities of the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission, which have previously investigated the groceries market and put in place remedies. The CMA will similarly have access to powers (under the Enterprise Act 2002) to deal with anti-competitive behaviour in UK markets. Decisions on individual cases will be a matter for the CMA.

Following the Competition Commission's recommendation in its groceries market investigation, the Government has established a Groceries Code Adjudicator which focuses on contract issues between supermarkets and suppliers.

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