HC Deb 02 May 1995 vol 259 c129W
Mr. Cran

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make it his policy to promote competition in the film distribution industry in the United Kingdom. [21989]

Mr. Jonathan Evans

Following the Monopolies and Mergers Commission report on the supply of films for exhibition in cinemas in the UK, published on 6 October 1994, the Director General of Fair Trading is currently, at my request, seeking undertakings from nine distributors and six exhibitors named as monopolists in the report to cease the practice of alignment and to restrict minimum exhibition periods. The DOFF will report to me on the outcome of his negotiations by 10 July 1995.

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