§ Mr. Arnold
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he or the Director General of Fair Trading have received concerning the operation of the net book agreement; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Fletcher
My right hon. Friend has received no recent representations on this subject and nor, I understand, has the Director General of Fair Trading.
The net book agreement was considered by the Restrictive Practices Court in 1962 and judged not to be contrary to the public interest. The Director General of Fair Trading keeps the operation of the agreement under review.