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Mobile Phones: Competition

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely effect on new entrants to the market of the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Orange. (321051)

It is the responsibility of the relevant competition authorities to determine whether a merger results in any substantial lessening of competition. This test includes any likely effect on new entrants into a market. In this case, the investigation was undertaken by the European Commission and its decision can be viewed at the following link:

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/208