§ Mr. Paice
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he intends to make a further reference of a public sector body to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission under section 11 of the Competition Act 1980.
§ Mr. Redwood
As part of its regular programme of efficiency studies of nationalised industries, the commission has been asked to look into the service provided by London Underground Ltd. The formal reference was made today. It asks the M MC to look at whether LUL could improve its quality of service through greater efficiency and at whether cost savings could be made without affecting quality of service or the programme of safety improvements which LUL is already undertaking. The Commission will report in six months. A copy of the reference has been placed in the Library.