HC Deb 28 July 1953 vol 518 cc139-40W

Whereas on the 12th day of December, 1950, the Board of Trade referred to the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission for investigation and report the matters of the supply and exports of certain semi-manufactured products of copper and copper-based alloys:

And whereas the said reference was so framed as to limit the investigation and report to the facts, that is to say, to the question whether conditions to which the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices (Inquiry and Control) Act, 1948, applies in fact prevailed, and if so in what manner and to what extent, and to the things which were done by the parties concerned as a result of, or for the purpose of preserving those conditions:

And whereas the Commission have already made an investigation and report limited as aforesaid:

Now, therefore, the Board of Trade, in pursuance of subsection (4) (as extended by subsection (5)) of Section 6 of the Act hereby vary the said reference so as to require the Commission to proceed with their investigation as if the reference had not been so limited and accordingly to investigate and report whether the conditions in question or all or any of the things done as aforesaid operate or may be expected to operate against the public interest.