§ Mr. Wareing
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Director General of Fair Trading's investigation into the proposed merger between the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Sealink.
§ Mr. Howard
The director general's investigations into the proposed merger between Sealink UK and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co Ltd were completed earlier this year. My right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry announced on 16 April that he had decided, in accordance with the recommendation of the director general, not to refer the proposed merger to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.