§ Mr. Atkinson
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has yet received the Report of the Monopolies Commission on the proposed acquisition by Thomson Newspapers Limited of three local newspapers owned by Crusha and Son Limited.
§ Mr. Crosland:
I received the report on 29th December and it is being published this afternoon. The Commission have concluded that the transfer may not be expected to operate against the public interest. Formal consent to the transaction is being given to Thomson Newspapers Limited today.