§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he proposes to refer the bid for Northern Electric by CE Energy to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. John M. Taylor
[holding answer 16 December 1996]My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade announced on 13 December that he had decided not to refer CE Electric UK plc's proposed acquisition of Northern Electric plc to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.