Consultation outcome

FirstGroup plc – request to release merger undertakings

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Decision statement

Detail of outcome

The CMA has decided to open a review into the undertakings relating to the completed acquisition by FirstGroup plc of SB Holdings Ltd.

Original consultation

Summary

An invitation to comment on a request by FirstGroup to release the undertakings given in the acquisition of SB Holdings Limited.

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Consultation description

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is inviting comments on a request by FirstGroup plc (FirstGroup) to release the undertakings given in relation to its bus business across southern and central Scotland.

The undertakings were accepted in 2002 following the Monopolies and Mergers Commission’s review of the 1996 acquisition of SB Holdings Limited, a Scottish bus operator. The undertakings were last reviewed by the Competition Commission in 2008.

The CMA is considering whether to launch a review of these undertakings under section 88(4)(a) of the Fair Trading Act 1973 as applied by paragraph 16(3) of Schedule 24 to the Enterprise Act 2002.

Documents

Invitation to comment

FirstGroup application for the release of undertakings

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Annex 1: 2002 undertakings

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Annex 2: 2008 undertakings

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Annex 3: Hybrid CPT Index

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Annex 4: Scotland East maps

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Annex 5: Dalkeith

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Annex 6: Activity by competitors 2011-2015

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Annex 7: Glasgow

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Published 7 September 2015
Last updated 30 October 2015 + show all updates
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