§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many actions have been brought in the United Kingdom each year as a result of article 86 of the EEC treaty.
§ Mr. Neil Hamilton
I am aware of three cases before the English courts in 1993 in which pleadings involved article 86 of the EC treaty. Information for earlier years is not readily available.
Main decisions and measures taken by the Commission of the European Communities under the competition provisions of the EC treaty are described in the Commission's annual reports on competition policy which are available in the Library of the House.