§ 32. Mr. Floud
asked the President of the Board of Trade on how many occasions the Monopolies Commission has been asked to submit reports on the general effect on the public interest of practices of a specified class, as provided for in Section 15(1) of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices (Inquiry and Control) Act 1948; what was the subject of such references; when they were referred; and when the reports were received.
§ Mr. Jay
The Board of Trade made a reference to the Monopolies Commission under Section 15 of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices (Inquiry and Control) Act, 1948, on 17th December, 1952, under which the Monopolies Commission were required to report on the general effect on the public interest of certain specified restrictive practices. The Commission's Report was published on 29th June, 1955, under the titleCollective Discrimination: A Report on Exclusive Dealing, Collective Boycotts, Aggregated Rebates and other Discriminatory Trade Practices.
The Board of Trade also asked the Monopolies Commission on 29th October, 1955, for a report on common prices and agreed tendering. This inquiry was allowed to lapse after the enactment of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1956.