Letter from John Taylor MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary
of State for Corporate and Consumer Affairs, Department of Trade
and Industry, to Lord Hoffmann, Chairman of Sub-Committee E
I have seen a copy of the above Report, issued to make available
to the House evidence provided by my Department relating to the
review of the EC Merger Regulation. I am grateful for the Sub-committee's
In my letter to you of 19 November 1996, reproduced in your
Report, I set out the Government's position in response to the
preliminary conclusions of the Sub-committee. Over the intervening
period there has been a lull in the review process, and there
is nothing new to report.
Over the next few months I expect the search to continue
for a workable selective formula to catch cases currently qualifying
for examination in three or more Member States.
I note the Sub-Committee's reiterated support for such a
selective scheme. The Government is determined to be as constructive
as possible in aiming to reach an acceptable, workable and proportionate
solution to the problem of multiple filings.
If for some reason satisfactory agreement in this direction
proved impossible, I would fully expect to look again at the
options open to us in deciding how to proceed. You will appreciate,
however, that I cannot prejudge the conclusions of that exercise.
I shall of course keep you informed of developments through
the scrutiny process.
22 January 1997