Consultation outcome

Competition and consumer policy: review of the balance of competences

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

This report examines the balance of competences between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) in the area of competition and consumer policy. It’s a reflection and analysis of the evidence, submitted either in writing or orally, by:

  • experts
  • non-governmental organisations
  • businesspeople
  • Members of Parliament (MPs)
  • other interested parties

It also includes a literature review of relevant material. Where appropriate, the report sets out the current position agreed within the Coalition government for handling this policy area in the EU. It does not predetermine or prejudge proposals that either Coalition party may make in the future for changes to the EU or about the appropriate balance of competences.

Feedback received

Competition and consumer: evidence - public responses

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Competition and consumer: evidence - other sources responses

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Detail of feedback received

We received a number of submissions to the competition and consumer call for evidence. The submissions, which were received from a broad range of stakeholders, were either in writing or oral. We also conducted a literature review of relevant material.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

Seeks evidence on the balance of competencies between the UK and EU relating to competition and consumer protection policy.

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Consultation description

The government is carrying out a review of the balance of competences between the UK and the EU. The review will provide an analysis of what the EU does and how it affects the UK. The Review of the balance of competencies detailed guide provides full details of the review programme.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is leading on the report on competition and consumer protection in the 3rd semester of the review.

The competition policy part of the review considers rules governing competition between suppliers. It also covers rules on state aid, a subset of competition rules to prevent market distortions as a result of government support.

The consumer policy part of the review will examine protections for consumers when purchasing a product or service.