§ Andrew Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the acquisition of the printing ink manufacturers Gibbons and Coates and Lovilleux by Sun Chemicals has been referred to the Competition Commission; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Sutcliffe
[holding answer 10 December 2003]: Ministers are no longer involved in decisions on whether to refer to the Competition Commission mergers which do not raise specified public interest considerations.
The Office of Fair Trading is not currently investigating this acquisition.567W