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Beer (Discontinued Sales)

Volume 887: debated on Monday 24 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will cause the Monopolies Commission to investigate the practice of a brewery, whose name has been supplied to her, which has ordered some of its retail outlets to discontinue the sale of a particular brand of draught beer on the ground that this is an exercise of dominant market power to the detriment of the consumer.

No. I have no evidence that competition is deficient in the area which the brewer supplies, nor that consumers are unable to obtain the beer of their choice within that area.