Press release

Experts to discuss Scottish competition and consumer issues

The Competition and Markets Authority is bringing together experts to discuss key competition and consumer issues in Scotland.

Edinburgh

The 3 meetings, to be held at different venues on 17 November 2015, will be attended by members of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) board, which will also be holding its board meeting the following day at the CMA offices in central Edinburgh.

The meetings, attended by businesses, consumer groups, government and other experts, will consider important aspects of effective markets in Scotland:

  • disruptive technologies and big data - including the economics of data, ownership and delivering the right outcomes for consumers
  • infrastructure, transport and public services - including procurement, government intervention in markets, and regulatory frameworks
  • disadvantaged consumers - considering their access to markets and the ‘poverty premium’

The discussions will inform the CMA’s future work programme as well as the Scottish government’s development of a strategic assessment of markets in Scotland.

David Currie, CMA Chairman, said:

It is important that markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy in Scotland as for the rest of the UK. The CMA is committed to supporting the Scottish government’s strategic assessment of markets and I am very much looking forward to hearing the views of representatives of key groups from across business, the professions, government, consumer bodies and third sector organisations.

Notes for editors

  1. The CMA is the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. It is an independent non-ministerial government department with responsibility for carrying out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries and enforcing competition and consumer law.
  2. For more information on the CMA see our homepage or follow us on Twitter @CMAgovuk, Flickr and LinkedIn.
  3. Further enquiries and requests for interviews should be directed to Simon Belgard (simon.belgard@cma.gsi.gov.uk, 020 3738 6472).
Published 16 November 2015