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Cartels

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in which markets his Department has identified cartels in the last 11 years. (205205)

Under the Enterprise Act 2002, the responsibility for identifying and investigating cartels falls to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The following list contains 15 cartel cases where an infringement decision was issued by the OFT against cartels under the Competition Act 1998. It does not include cases where allegations may be in the public domain but remain under investigation, or are subject to legal proceedings. They are:

Supply of local bus services involving bus routes in the Leeds area.

Supply of automatic slack adjusters within the UK.

Supply of Hasbro toys and games in the UK.

Provision of services by cattle auctioneers at livestock marts in Northern Ireland.

Supply of luxury ornamental ware in the UK.

Supply of football club's or national team's replica kits in the UK.

Supply of repair, maintenance and improvement services for flat roofs in the West Midlands.

Supply of desiccant through distributors for use in insulated glass units in the UK.

Supply of installation, repair, maintenance and improvement services for felt and single ply flat roof coverings in the north east of England.

Supply of installation, repair, maintenance and improvement services for mastic asphalt coverings for flat roofs (and other flat surfaces) in Scotland.

Supply of installation, repair, maintenance and improvement services for felt and single ply coverings for flat roofs in western-central Scotland.

Supply of installation, repair and maintenance and improvement services for coverings for flat roofs and vehicular decks in England and/or Scotland.

Supply of stock check pads in the UK.

Supply of aluminium spacer bars in the UK.

Provision of boarding services and comparable day services by certain independent fee paying schools in the UK.