HC Deb 27 July 1981 vol 9 cc290-1W
Mr. Stan Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will take steps to ensure that the matter of supply of car radios is included in the Monopolies and Mergers Commission's consideration of the supply of car parts.

Mr. Biffen

Following a reference by the Director General of Fair Trading in November 1980, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission is now well advanced in considering the exclusivity requirements applied to the supply of motor car parts for resale, principally by motor car manufacturers under the vehicle franchise system. I understand that the commission has not considered it necessary to take into account the supply of accessories such as car radios to reach conclusions as to the effect on the public interest of these exclusivity requirements.