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Press: Competition

June 17, 2009

Question written on 17/06/2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions in the last month (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had discussions with representatives of the Office of Fair Trading on the newspaper and magazine distribution market.

Answered by Kevin Brennan

Ministers have had no discussions with the OFT about this matter during the last month. Officials have similarly had no substantive discussions with the OFT on this issue though they have spoken with colleagues at the OFT about practical matters relating to my Noble Friend the Secretary of State’s decision on the future of the statutory undertakings from newspaper wholesalers which was announced on 20 April. Officials have also sought input as necessary from the OFT in order to provide accurate responses to certain recent Parliamentary questions relating to the OFT’s work on newspaper and magazine distribution issues.