HC Deb 18 April 2002 vol 383 c1135W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the competition implications of the arrangement between Deloitte & Touche and Andersens UK in the accounting industry; if she intends to make a reference to the competition authorities; and if she will make a statement. [50499]

Miss Melanie Johnson

[holding answer 17 April 2002]: Any proposed merger which meets the qualifying threshold would be considered by the European Commission under the European Community Merger Regulation. The parties concerned have not yet made a formal notification to the Commission.

As Ministers have a role in the regulatory process for considering mergers it is not appropriate to make a statement about the proposed merger.