Response from the Office of Fair Trading
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE REPORT: SCIENTIFIC
PUBLICATION: FREE FOR ALL?
In the Committee's Report of 8 November on the Government
response to the above Report, you request that, following completion
of the European Commission study into the market for scientific
publications, to which my letter to you of 7 September referred,
I should write again to the Committee setting out the OFT proposes
to take on the basis of the Commission's findings and the concerns
expressed in your report.
The Commission has stated that the findings of its
study will be available in 2005, and I will be happy to write
to the Committee shortly thereafter.
I am sorry that your Committee found my letter of
7 September disappointing. Please be in no doubt about the OFT's
concerns over the issues that you have been considering; indeed
we have been at the forefront of those raising and analysing those
concerns. I decline to commit the OFT to biennial reporting on
the market not because of a lack of concern but because I cannot
be certain that it will be the most sensible way forward. We do
best, I suggest, to wait and see first what the European Commission
says. These are, after all, international problems.