HC Deb 08 February 1967 vol 740 cc305-6W
82. Sir J. Vaughan-Morgan

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many matters have been referred to the Monopolies Commission; when the references were made; and when reports are expected.

Mr. Jay

Since its establishment in 1949, 53 references have been made to the Monopolies Commission. Details of references and reports are included in the Annual Reports by the Board of Trade on the monopolies and mergers legislation; copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library. The Annual Report for 1966 will be laid before the House later this month.

The matters at present being investigated by the Commission are as follows:

Monopoly references Date of reference
Flat glass 2nd July, 1965
Rayon and other cellulosic fibres 2nd July, 1965
Electric lamps 8th February, 1966
International Motor Insurance Cards 20th May, 1966
Beer 29th July, 1966
Estate agents' services 1st September, 1966
Clutch mechanisms for road vehicles 12th December, 1966
Haircutting services for men To be made shortly
Merger reference
The proposed acquisition by British Insulated Callender's Cables Ltd. of Pyrotenax Ltd. 7th December, 1966
Request for a general report
Restrictive practices in the professions 30th January, 1967

The report on the merger reference has to be made within six months of the date of the reference. It is not yet possible to forecast when the reports on the other references will be available.