Competition – consultation outcome

FirstGroup plc – request to release merger undertakings

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Original consultation

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Summary

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

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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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.