§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list those commodities where, respectively, three-quarters, two-thirds, one-half, one-third, one-quarter and one-fifth of the relevant market is in the hands of one company or group; what is the value of the total net assets of all companies operating in the market for each of these commodities; and in the case of which of these commodity markets has an investigation been carried out by the Monopolies Commission.
§ Sir G. Howe
I regret that the information requested is not available. Following is the list of published reports by the Monopolies Commission on monopoly situations in the supply of goods referred to them under the present statutory criteria.
MONOPOLIES COMMISSION REPORTS ON THE SUPPLY OF GOODS House of Commons Title Paper No. Supply and export of matches and the supply of match-making machinery 161 (1952–53) Supply of electric lamps 287 (1950–51) Supply of insulated electric wires and cables 209 (1951–52) Supply of cast iron rainwater goods 136 (1950–51) Supply of dental goods 18 (1950–51) Supply and export of certain semi-manufactures of copper and copper-based alloys 56 (1955–56) Supply of insulin 296 (1951–52) Supply of imported timber 281 (1952–53) Supply and export of electrical and allied machinery and plant 42 (1956–57) Supply and export of pneumatic tyres 133 (1955–56) Supply of buildings in the Greater London area 264 (1953–54) Supply of hard fibre cordage 294 (1955–56) Supply of linoleum 366 (1955–56) Supply of sand and gravel in central Scotland 222 (1955–56) Supply of certain industrial and medical gases 13 (1956–57) Supply of standard metal windows and doors 14 (1956–57) Supply of certain rubber footwear 328 (1955–56)
House of Commons Title Paper No. Supply of electronic valves and cathode ray tubes 16 (1956–57) Supply of tea 15 (1956–57) Imported timber: report on whether and to what extent the recommendation of the Commission has been complied with 274 (1957–58) Supply of chemical fertilisers 267 (1958–59) Supply of cigarettes and tobacco and of cigarette and tobacco machinery 218 (1960–61) Supply of electrical equipment for mechanically propelled land vehicles 21 (1963–64) Supply of wallpaper 59 (1963–64) Supply of petrol to retailers in the United Kingdom 264 (1964–65) Supply and processing of colour film 1.(1965–66) Electrical wiring harness for motor vehicles: report on whether uneconomic prices are quoted 72 (1965–66) Supply of household detergents 105 (1965–66) Supply of films for exhibition to cinemas 206 (1966–67) Supply of aluminium semi-manufactures: report on a reference 263 (1966–67) Supply of infant milk foods 319 (1966–67) Supply of flat glass 83 (1967–68) Supply of man-made cellulosic fibres 130 (1967–68) Second report on the supply of electric lamps (Parts I and II) 4 (1968–69) Supply of clutch mechanisms for road vehicles 32 (1968–69) Supply of beer 216 (1968–69) Supply and export of cigarette filter rods 335 (1968–69) Supply of metal containers 6 (1969–70) Supply of starch, glucose and modified starches 615 (1971–72) Asbestos and certain asbestos products 3 (1972–73) Breakfast cereals 2 (1972–73) Chlordiazepoxide and diazepam 197 (1972–73) Footwear machinery 215 (1972–73)