HC Deb 16 April 1981 vol 3 cc284-5W
Mr. Bidwell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, pursuant to the report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, paragraph 9.41(b), he will seek undertakings from S. and W. Berisford under section 88 of the Fair Trading Act 1973 that it shall not close the factories of the British Sugar Corporation at Ely, Felstead, Nottingham and Selby or make any change in their present levels of employment.

Mrs. Sally Oppenheim

I refer to the reply I gave on 10 April to the six questions put to me by my hon. Friend the Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Griffiths) [Vol. 2, c.386–88.].

The Commission's report did not contain findings relating to present levels of employment or the future of specific factories of the corporation and my right hon. Friend does not therefore have powers under the Fair Trading Act to seek specific undertakings on these matters.

Back to