§ Mr. Hugh Jenkins
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now refer to the Monopolies Commission the proposed merger between Electrical and Musical Industries Limited and the Associated British Picture Corporation, in the light of the fact that such a merger would affect the control of commercial television.
§ Mr. Crosland
As was announced on 6th March, I do not intend to refer to the Monopolies Commission the acquisition by E.M.I. of a 25 per cent. shareholding in A.B.P.C. However, the acquisition of a further shareholding which would give E.M.I. either control of or a controlling interest in A.B.P.C. would require further consideration.
The implications of any merger in relation to the granting of television programme licences is a matter for the Independent Television Authority.