§ Sir Peter Fry
To ask the President of the board of Trade what assessment he has made of the advantages and 279W disadvantages of the proposed British Airways-American Airlines alliance (a) for the United Kingdom and (b) for other United Kingdom carriers. 
Mr. John M. Taylor
On Friday 6 December my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade announced that he was seeking from the alliance undertakings in lieu of a reference to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. He made it clear that without suitable undertakings the alliance would be likely to lead to a significant loss of actual and potential competition.
The text of the competition analysis under European competition law is being made available to interested parties as from Friday 13 December 1996. I will arrange for a copy of this to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.