Supply of precast concrete drainage products: criminal investigation

The CMA is continuing the investigation into suspected cartel activity in the supply of products to the construction industry.

Case reference: CE/9705/12

Update 21 March 2016

At a Pre-Trial Preparatory Hearing on 21 March 2016, at Southwark Crown Court, Barry Kenneth Cooper pleaded guilty to one count under section 188 of the Enterprise Act 2002, the criminal cartel offence.

Summary of work

7 March 2016: This has been updated having regard to reporting restrictions under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

On 7 March 2016, the CMA confirmed that it had commenced criminal proceedings against one individual under section 188 of the Enterprise Act 2002, the criminal cartel offence, following an investigation into suspected cartel conduct in respect of the supply of precast concrete drainage products.

No assumption should be made at this stage that any criminal offences have been committed.

The CMA is conducting a related civil investigation into whether businesses have infringed the Competition Act 1998. No assumption should be made at this stage that the Competition Act has been infringed.

Contacts

Team leader

Sean McNabb (sean.mcnabb@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

Project director

Lee Craddock (lee.craddock@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

Senior responsible officer

Michael Grenfell (michael.grenfell@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

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