HC Deb 14 May 1973 vol 856 c1018
25. Mr. Costain

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects the Monopolies Commission report on cross-Channel ferry services to be published.

Mr. Emery

We expect to receive the report later this year.

Mr. Costain

Is my. hon. Friend satisfied with "later this year"? Does he realise that the high-season fares are now coming in, with a second increase in fares since November? Cannot he do anything to speed up this matter?

Mr. Emery

The reference was made on 4th September last year. One of the aspects of the Monopolies Commission's reports is their thoroughness in the way in which the commission examines the situation as completely as anyone could expect. It is the completeness of the reports which has gone a very long way to having them accepted for their fairness.