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EDM number 1476 in 1992-93, proposed by Ken Purchase on 25/02/1993.

That this House notes with concern the decision by the President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to clear Airtours' bid for Owners Abroad despite the recommendation of the Director General of Fair Trading to refer the bid to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission; notes that pre-bid advice given in December to Airtours in the name of the Secretary of State was that Airtours' bid was unlikely to be referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission; notes there is no previous case where the Office of Fair Trading has recommended reference to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in opposition to pre-bid advice; understands that in Airtours' case, pre-bid advice was given at the insistence of the Department of Trade and Industry and was not in accordance with the views of the Office of Fair Trading; notes that the Chairman of Airtours Mr David Crossland is a prominent constituent of the Minister for Corporate Affairs; understands the Minister was aware of this some time ago contrary to claims made by officials in his Department; notes that the Minister did not publicly declare his interest and was still involved in consideration of the bid as recently as 15th February before relinquishing responsibility to the Secretary of State; and therefore calls for a full inquiry to clarify the role of the Minister in this affair and whether he had any involvement in pre-bid guidance given to Airtours which served as such a convenient precedent for the Secretary of State's decision not to refer Airtours' bid to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

This motion has been signed by a total of 44 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Ken Purchase25/02/1993Wolverhampton North EastProposed
Jim Cunningham25/02/1993Coventry South EastSigned
Roger Berry25/02/1993KingswoodSigned
Mike Hall25/02/1993Warrington SouthSigned
Peter Hain25/02/1993NeathSigned
David Clelland25/02/1993Tyne BridgeSigned
Eric Clarke25/02/1993MidlothianSigned
Bill Olner25/02/1993NuneatonSigned
George Mudie25/02/1993Leeds EastSigned
Ian McCartney25/02/1993MakerfieldSigned
Tessa Jowell25/02/1993DulwichSigned
David Jamieson25/02/1993Plymouth, DevonportSigned
John Hutton25/02/1993Barrow & FurnessSigned
John Spellar25/02/1993Warley WestSigned
Alan Simpson25/02/1993Nottingham SouthSigned
Bill Michie26/02/1993Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Terry Lewis01/03/1993WorsleySigned
Harry Barnes01/03/1993North East DerbyshireSigned
William McKelvey02/03/1993Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie02/03/1993Glasgow, PollokSigned
Michael Connarty02/03/1993Falkirk EastSigned
Alex Carlile02/03/1993MontgomerySigned
Ken Livingstone02/03/1993Brent EastSigned
Peter Hardy02/03/1993WentworthSigned
Ernie Ross02/03/1993Dundee WestSigned
John McAllion02/03/1993Dundee EastSigned
Alf Morris03/03/1993Manchester WythenshaweSigned
Michael Clapham03/03/1993Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Llin Golding03/03/1993Newcastle-under-LymeSigned
John Gunnell04/03/1993Leeds South and MorleySigned
Alan Williams04/03/1993Swansea WestSigned
Dennis Turner04/03/1993Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Bill Etherington04/03/1993Sunderland NorthSigned
Derek Enright04/03/1993HemsworthSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours04/03/1993WorkingtonSigned
Eric Illsley04/03/1993Barnsley CentralSigned
Jean Corston08/03/1993Bristol EastSigned
Martyn Jones09/03/1993Clwyd South WestSigned
Adam Ingram11/03/1993East KilbrideSigned
Geoffrey Robinson16/03/1993Coventry North WestSigned
Jack Thompson16/03/1993WansbeckSigned
Mike Gapes22/03/1993Ilford SouthSigned
Frank Cook23/03/1993Stockton NorthSigned
Janet AndersonUnknownWithdrawn

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