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Monopoly Food Processors

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans the Government have to regulate the activities of (a) British Sugar and (b) other monopoly processors in the food chain; (95241)

(2) what plans the Government have to regulate the activities of larger processors and retailers in the food chain.

Processors and retailers in the food chain are already subject to a wide range of regulatory requirements, most of which are of wider applicability. The adequacy of these controls is kept under review. Where new controls are needed, the Government’s policy is to examine all options, including alternatives to regulation such as voluntary agreements.

Competition law already prohibits companies that are in a dominant position in their markets from abusing their dominance. Responsibility for enforcing the law in this area rests with the Office of Fair Trading.