§ Mr. David Young
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection whether she has yet received the report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission on the proposed transfer of the newspapers owned by C. & A. N. Scott Limited to the Guardian and Manchester Evening News Limited.
Mr. Alan Williams
Yes. I received the report on 15th April, and it is being published this afternoon. The commission concluded that the transfer may not be expected to operate against the public interest. Formal consent is being given to the Guardian and Manchester Evening News Limited today.