The CMA has accepted commitments from the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain that address the CMA’s competition concerns.
|26 October 2017||CMA commitments decision published and case closure|
|4 October to 25 October 2017||Consideration of representations received in response to the consultation on commitments|
|3 October 2017||Consultation on commitments proposed by the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain closed|
|22 August to 3 October 2017||Consultation on commitments proposed by the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain open|
|June to August 2017||Discussions with the party on proposals for commitments|
|March to May 2017||Receipt of written and oral representations on the statement of objections|
|December 2016||Statement of objections issued|
|June to December 2016||Further investigation and analysis, including further information requests|
|June 2016||Decision to proceed with the investigation|
|December 2015 to June 2016||Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal and informal information requests and the party’s responses. CMA analysis and review of the party’s responses to information requests. State of play meetings with the party under investigation|
|December 2015||Investigation opened|
Decision to accept binding commitments
26 October 2017: The CMA has published its decision to accept binding commitments from the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain to change certain of its rules in order to address the competition concerns identified by the CMA in the course of its investigation.
Formal acceptance of commitments by the CMA has resulted in the termination of the investigation, with no decision made as to whether or not the Competition Act 1998 has been infringed.
- Decision to accept commitments (26.10.17)
- Press release: Rule change proposal heralds more choice for fairgoers (26.10.17)
Consultation on commitments
22 August 2017: The CMA has published a notice of intention to accept the commitments offered by the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain and invited representations from interested third parties on that proposed course of action.
- Notice of intention to accept binding commitments offered by the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain (22.8.17)
- Press release: Funfair rule changes will enable more competition (22.8.17)
- Open letter to members of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain (22.8.17)
- 60-second summary and video on the proposed commitments (22.8.17)
Statement of objections
21 December 2016: The CMA issued a statement of objections alleging that the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain has breached UK competition law through certain of its current rules.
- Press release: Funfair body alleged to have broken competition law (21.12.16)
- The investigation was under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98).
- No conclusion has been reached by the CMA as to whether there has been an infringement of competition law.
- Further detail of the CMA’s procedures in Competition Act 1998 cases is available here: CMA’s procedures in Competition Act cases.
George Brenton (020 3738 6327, email@example.com)
Simon Nichols (0203 738 6368, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior responsible officer
Ann Pope (0203 738 6786, email@example.com)
Published: 15 December 2015
Updated: 26 October 2017
Opened: 15 December 2015
Closed: 26 October 2017
- CMA commitments decision published.
- Consultation on commitments launched.
- Timetable updated.
- Statement of objections issued.
- Timetable updated.
- First published.