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Monopolies and Mergers Commission

The MMC inquiry has started. The official deadline for submissions is 20th November, though submissions made up until the end of November should still receive the MMC's full attention. Submissions can be made after the 20th but preferably as early as possible. If you intend making a submission and you cannot meet the published deadline then don't panic send the MMC a letter outlining your difficulties and explaining that a paper will be submitted in due course, if you can give them some idea of the points you intend to make and a likely date for receipot then this will help. Be courteous, to the point but do it as soon as possible don't put off to tomorrow what should be done today!

Below are the terms of reference for the BSkyB / Manchester United case and the biographical details of the members serving on the inquiry.

Terms of Reference

  1. whether arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a merger situation qualifying for investigation;

  2. if events so require, whether the actual results of those arrangements are the creation of such a situation; and

  3. if so, in either case, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to operate of (if events so require) operates against the public interest.

Commission members

Chairman

Dr Derek Morris was from 1970 to 1998 the fellow and tutor in economics, Oriel College, Oxford, and a Reader in Economics, Oxford University. From 1981 to 1984 he was Economic Director at the National Economic Development Office (NEDO); and from 1984 until recently was Chairman of Oxford Economic Forecasting Ltd. He has published a number of books and articles on economic topics, primarily in industrial economics and on corporate control and performance. Most recently he has published work on economic reform in Chinese enterprises, and has also acted as adviser to the Asian Development Bank on enterprise reform in Central Asia.

Members

Nicholas Finney OBE is Chairman and Managing Director of The Waterfront Partnership Ltd. He was Director of the British Ports Federation from 1983 to 1990 and of the National Association of Port Employees from 1981 to 1989. He was Industrial Relations Director of the Dairy Trade Federation from 1976 to 1981 and held several posts with Unigate Ltd between 1966 and 1976. Mr Finney is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and a member of the Association of International Maritime Economists.

David Jenkins MBE has been General Secretary of Wales TUC since 1983. He was previously a Research and Administrative Officer with Wales TUC from 1978 to 1983. He was a lecturer at Peterborough College from 1975 to 1978 and Industrial Sales Organiser for ITT Distributors Ltd from 1970 to 1974. He is currently a member of the National Disability Council and a member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Roger Munson is a Chartered Accountant and until his retirement from full time work in 1993 spent much of his career as a partner with Coopers & Lybrand. At the same time he held a number of other professional responsibilities including membership of the Accounting Standards Board. He also lectured widely on internal, commercial and Institute conferences covering various accounting issues.

Dr Gill Owen is an energy and environmental consultant and Chair of the Public Utilities Access Forum. She has been Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Environment Committee and Expert Adviser to the Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities. She was one of the founders and former Chief Officer of the charity, National Energy Action (1981-88) and was Energy Advice Officer, City of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1979 to 1981. She was Vice Chair of Consumer Congress in 1987. Dr Owen is author of a number of publications concerning energy and environmental policy and consumer issues. She is also a member of the Bedfordshire Police Authority.

MMC Address

Write to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission at the following address:

David Peel
Reference Secretary BSkyB/MUFC enquiry
MMC
New Court
48 Carey Street
LONDON
WC2A 2JT

Telephone +44 (0)171 324 1467
Fax +44 (0)171 324 1400

E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.mmc.gov.uk/news1.htm#Sky

Handwritten letters are perfectly acceptable, in fact a handwritten letter may carry more weight.

Please also email a copy of your letter to us at [email protected]

IMUSA offers you a list of points which may help you to write your letter but please write it in your own words.