§ 19. Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the average interval between reference of a merger to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and submission of a report by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in (i) 1982–83 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Howard
The average period taken by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission for investigation178W into mergers referred in the years 1982 and 1983 was about six months. The average for mergers referred in 1986 has so far been about five months.