HC Deb 13 May 1988 vol 133 c263W
Mr. Devlin

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is supporting the inclusion of a public interest criterion in the European Community proposals for assessment of mergers.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The United Kingdom Government have reserved their position on the European Commission's proposal for a Community merger control regulation pending further discussions with the Commission of a number of points, including that relating to a possible public interest criterion.