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Competition Act 1980

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21Monopoly references by Secretary of State alone

It is hereby declared that where it appears to the Secretary of State that—

(a)a monopoly situation exists or may exist as mentioned in subsection (1) of section 51 of the Fair Trading Act 1973 (monopoly references by Ministers), and

(b)the goods or services in question are of a description mentioned in subsection (2) of that section, and

(c)none of the Ministers mentioned in subsection (3) of that section has such functions as are mentioned in subsection (2) of that section in relation to goods or services of that description,

the Secretary of State may make a monopoly reference with respect to the existence or possible existence of that situation acting alone; and accordingly any reference which has been made in such circumstances by the Secretary of State acting alone has been made in compliance with that section.

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