HC Deb 29 July 1965 vol 717 cc667-8
16. Captain W. Elliot

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he intends to appoint new members to the Monopolies Commission; how many cases are waiting to be heard by the Commission; and how many reports by the Commission have been issued this year.

Mr. Jay

I intend to make further appointments to the Monopolies Commission this autumn. I cannot say in advance what further cases will be referred to the enlarged Commission. The answer to the third part of the Question is, one.

Captain Elliot

As the Bill is very soon to become law, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that he should hurry up these appointments? Could he give some idea of the type of individual he will ask to serve on the Commission?

Mr. Jay

I cannot make the appointments until the Bill has received the Royal Assent, but I assure the hon. and gallant Gentleman that as soon as it has received it we shall proceed with the appointments.

Captain Orr

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when he expects the report from the Commission on the film industry?

Mr. Jay


Mr. William Hamilton

What action does my right hon. Friend intend to take on the report the Commission has produced?

Mr. Jay

I have already said that we accept the main conclusions of the report—I think my hon. Friend means on the distribution of petrol. I hope shortly, after consultation with the industry concerned, that we shall be able to formulate precise proposals.