§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answers of 15 May 1992 to the hon. Members for Sheffield, Central (Mr. Caborn) and for Stockton, South (Mr. Devlin),Official Report, column 232, when he expects to receive advice from the Director General of Fair Trading on the possible offer from Lloyds bank for Midland bank.
§ Mr. Neil Hamilton
The Director General of Fair Trading submitted his advice on the proposed acquisition by Lloyds Bank plc of Midland Bank plc to the President of the Board of Trade on 20 May. The President announced his decision to refer the proposed acquisition to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, in accordance with the director general's advice, on 22 May.