§ Mr. Wrigglesworth
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what considerations led to his decision not to refer the proposed acquisition by Lonrho Limited of a minority interest in the House of Fraser Limited to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission under the provisions of the Fair Trading Act 1973.697W
§ Mr. John Fraser
My right hon. Friend did not consider that the acquisition by Lonhro of a minority interest in the House of Fraser of the size proposed raised sufficient issues of public interest to warrant a full investigation.