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Retail Newsagents

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 5 November 1997

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade what factors underlay her decision not to refer the concerns of the retail newsagents to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.[13192]

The decision on whether or not to make a reference to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission is a matter for the Director General of Fair Trading.The Director General is considering a number of detailed submissions from interested parties in the industry arguing for and against another reference to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, and will announce his decision in due course.