Competition Commission/Competition Appeal Tribunal

Trade and Industry written question – answered am ar 16 Medi 2003.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the duties and responsibilities of (a) the Competition Commission and (b) the Competition Appeal Tribunal are; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs)

The information requested is as follows.

(a) Competition Commission

The Competition Commission is responsible for conducting investigations, after referral by the Office of Fair Trading, the Secretary of State or various regulators into markets, mergers licence modifications and other matters involving competition issues under the following legislation:

Enterprise Act 2002

Fair Trading Act 1973

Water Industry Act 1991

Broadcasting Act 1990

Telecommunications Act 1984

Gas Act 1986

Gas (N. Ireland) Order 1996

Electricity Act 1989

Electricity (N. Ireland) Order 1992

Airports Act 1986

Airports (N. Ireland) Order 1994

Railways Act 1993

Postal Services Act 2000

Transport Act 2000

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

(b) Competition Appeal Tribunal

The responsibilities of the CAT are:

to hear appeals in respect of decisions made under the Competition Act 1998 by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the regulators in the telecommunications, electricity, gas, water, railways and air traffic services sectors; to hear actions for damages and other monetary claims under the Competition Act 1998; to review decisions made by the Secretary of State, OFT and the Competition Commission in respect of merger and market references or possible reference under the Enterprise Act 2002; to hear appeals in respect of decisions made by the Office of Fair Trading under the EC Competition Law (Articles 84 and 85) Enforcement Regulations 2001 (as amended) in respect of air transport services and international maritime tramp vessel services.

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