Press release

CMA consults on panel rules

The Competition and Markets Authority has today published for public consultation draft rules of procedure for CMA panel member groups.

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today published for public consultation draft rules of procedure for CMA panel member groups.

The draft rules replace the current Competition Commission Rules of Procedure (CC1) and make minor changes to reflect the replacement of CC member groups by groups of CMA Panel members, under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

This consultation is addressed to all those who have an interest in the procedures of groups of CMA Panel members conducting Phase 2 merger inquiries, market investigations and regulatory inquiries. In particular, it may be of interest to businesses and their legal and other advisers.

The CMA would welcome comments on any aspect of the draft rules contained in the consultation document. The CMA Board will consider the responses to this consultation document and decide the content of the rules to be published by 1 April 2014. Responses should be received by 12pm on 18 March 2014. This deadline reflects the minimal changes being made to CC1, and the fact that respondents to the CMA’s earlier consultation did not raise concerns with the CMA’s initial proposal to adopt CC1 in its current form.

To respond to this consultation please email: guidance@cma.gsi.gov.uk or write to:

CMA Guidance
Victoria House
Southampton Row
LONDON
WC1B 4AD

By telephone: 020 7271 0021

For more information on the CMA, see its home page, follow its Twitter @CMAgovuk or Flickr accounts or visit its LinkedIn page.

Notes for editors

  1. Media enquiries to be directed to Rory Taylor or Siobhan Allen 020 7271 0242.
  2. The CMA will consider the responses to this consultation document and make amendments to the draft rules where appropriate. The CMA Board will make the decisions on the matters being consulted on and the content of the final rules, to be published by 1 April 2014.
  3. In April 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (the CMA) will become the UK’s lead competition and consumer body. The CMA will bring together the existing competition and certain consumer protection functions of the Office of Fair Trading and the responsibilities of the Competition Commission, as amended by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. The CMA, which is a non-Ministerial government department, was established on 1 October 2013 and will be taking on responsibility for cases, market studies and other work from 1 April.
Published 21 February 2014