HL Deb 27 September 2000 vol 616 c158WA
Lord McNally

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Competition Commission inquiry into supermarkets has taken into account the effect on small publishing houses and independent newsagents of Tesco's recent action in delisting certain titles that have not complied with suggested new distribution arrangements; and when the report of the inquiry will be published. [HL3722]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

The scope of the inquiry into supermarkets is a matter for the Competition Commission. The Commission is due to deliver its report to the Secretary of State on 31 July. The department has an administrative target to publish monopoly reports within 10 weeks of receipt of the report. Publication may take place sooner or later depending on a number of factors.