HC Deb 24 July 1987 vol 120 cc555-6W
Mr. Janman

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if, in considering the British Airways/British Caledonian merger, he will have regard to any alternative offers put forth by other British carriers for the separate purchase of British Caledonian's intra-European or domestic operations as a means of preserving competition.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

In deciding whether to refer to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission mergers qualifying for investigation under the Fair Trading Act 1973, my right hon. and noble Friend considers each case on its merits, having regard to the advice of the Director General of Fair Trading and taking all relevant factors into account. However, alternative proposals for the separate purchase of some of British Caledonian's operations are in the first instance matters of commercial negotiation.

Mr. Cran

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what would be the combined market share of British Airways and British Caledonian in respect of ground crew and maintenance services at Gatwick.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

I have been asked to reply.

I do not have the information requested. I suggest that my hon. Friend approaches the airlines direct.