§ Mr. Greenway
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will ask the Director General of Fair Trading to investigate as an anti-competitive practice the policy of the 629W Lothian regional council of making disclosure of donations to political parties a condition of consideration of firms' tenders.
§ Mrs. Sally Oppenheim
Section 3(1) of the Competition Act 1980 gives the Director General of Fair Trading discretion to initiate preliminary investigations into practices that may be anti-competitive. I understand he is considering two complaints about this matter in order to decide whether it would be appropriate to initiate a preliminary investigation.