§ Mr. Millan
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has received the advice of the Director General of Fair Trading on the Guinness bid for the Distillers Company; and if he will now refer this bid to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
§ Mr. Howard
The Director General's advice has not yet been received. A decision will be taken on whether the bid should be referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in the light of that advice, as soon as practicable.