§ Dr. Gibson
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will make a request to the European Commission under the terms of the European Merger Regulation to ensure UK jurisdiction over the regulatory aspects of any takeover bid made for a UK regional electricity company. 
§ Mr. Nigel Griffiths
[holding answer 9 February 1998]I understand from Directorate General IV of the European Commission that currently no bids for UK regional electricity companies have been notified to them under the European Community Merger Regulation. Were such a bid to be so notified my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade would consider the handling of the case on its merits at the time.