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Newspaper Distribution

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the report by the OFT into the Wholesale Code of Practice on newspaper distribution; [114578](2) if she will make a statement on the request by the National Federation of Newsagents for a full referral of newspaper and magazine distribution to the Competition Commission by her Department. [114581]

The OFT is currently finalising its recommendations to its review of the Code of Practice on newspaper distribution, in the light of the responses it has received to its public consultation. The OFT will be publishing its conclusions in the summer. We will consider the OFT's final report before deciding what action is needed.