HC Deb 19 February 1963 vol 672 cc21-2W
5. Mr. Wade

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether Her Majesty's Government will introduce legislation to ensure that mergers, affecting the ownership of a substantial part of an industry and involving the possible closure of factories and consequent unemployment, do not take effect until the national interest has been considered by an impartial body and the consent of his Department obtained.

Mr. D. Price

This is one of the matters which my right hon. Friend is considering in the review of policy and legislation on monopolies and restrictive practices about which he has informed the House.