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Utilities

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on which occasions, and related to which matters, his Department has asked regulators of utilities to undertake specific investigations in the last five years; and which investigations were undertaken as a consequence. (205245)

In February 2007, following the issuing of a merger intervention notice under the Enterprise Act 2002 in the matter of BSkyB's acquisition of a 17.9 per cent. stake in ITV plc the Secretary of State also instructed Ofcom to investigate and report on the public interest considerations involving the need for a sufficient plurality of persons with control of media enterprises, as a result of BSkyB's acquisition.