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Supermarkets

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the buying practices of larger supermarkets on (a) the ability of their suppliers to innovate and (b) the economic visibility of their suppliers. (310418)

A draft impact assessment will be produced and published as part of the Government’s consultation following its response to the Competition Commission’s proposals for a groceries supply code of practice ombudsman. The assessment will consider and take into account the effects of the CC’s proposals, including the ability of supermarkets’ suppliers to innovate and the economic visibility of their suppliers.