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Security Industry: Competition

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Secretary of State next plans to meet representatives of the security industry to discuss levels of competition in the sector. (242681)

Ministers have no plans to meet industry representatives to discuss this matter. It is for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), as the UK’s independent competition regulator, to promote competition in markets and enforce competition law. Anyone concerned that there are anti-competitive features of a market or that a market is not working well for consumers, should raise the matter with the OFT who have the relevant powers to take appropriate action where necessary.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the effect on levels of competition in the security industry of the merger of Group 4 and Securicor. (242682)

Group 4 Falck and Securicor merged to form G4S plc. in 2004. The merger fell for consideration by the European Commission under the EC Merger Regulation and was cleared subject to commitments, including the requirement on Group 4 to divest its cash-in-transit business in Scotland.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the level of competition in the security industry sector. (244679)

None. It is for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), as the UK's independent competition regulator, to promote competition in markets and enforce competition law. Anyone concerned that there are anti-competitive features of a market or that a market is not working well for consumers, should raise the matter with the OFT who have the relevant powers to take appropriate action where necessary.