HC Deb 30 July 1964 vol 699 cc385-6W
77. Mr. Mason

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development why he has not yet referred the grouping of Plessey, Automatic Tele phone and Electric Co. and Ericssons to the Monopolies Commission, in view of their supplying 40 per cent. of the General Post Office orders for telephone exchange equipment and telephone apparatus under the new five-year bulk supply agreements.

Mr. Heath

The number of investigations that the Monopolies Commission can make at any one time is limited, and in selecting matters for investigation many factors must be taken into account, not confined to the question of whether the legal conditions for a reference are satisfied.