HC Deb 13 January 1986 vol 89 c522W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Prime Minister on what basis Ministers intervene in the complete or partial take over of one company by another.

The Prime Minister

Under the Fair Trading Act 1973 it is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to consider, in the light of advice from the Director General of Fair Trading, whether to refer any qualifying merger to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

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