§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will refer the purchase of part of Unigate's liquid milk business by Dairy Crest to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
§ Mr. Maude
[holding answer 17 February 1989] : The proposed acquisition is currently being considered by the Director General of Fair Trading who has a duty to advise the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on whether the proposed acquisition should be referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the proposed merger in anticipation of the director general's advice.