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Tea And Coffee

Volume 929: debated on Monday 4 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will refer to the Monopolies Commission the proposed acquisition by the sugar monopoly Tate and Lyle of Messrs. Ridgeways from International Stores having regard to the structure already existing in the tea blending and marketing trade in the United Kingdom.

I am advised that the proposed acquisition is unlikely to qualify for possible reference to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission under Section 64 of the Fair Trading Act 1973.