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Competition Commission’s power to veto changesE+W+S

13(1)The Competition Commission may, within the period of four weeks beginning with the day on which they are given notice under paragraph 12(5) above, give a direction to [F1the Office of Rail Regulation]E+W+S

(a)not to make the relevant changes set out in the notice; or

(b)not to make such of those relevant changes as are specified in the direction.

(2)The Secretary of State may, if an application is made to him by the Competition Commission within that period of four weeks, extend the period within which a direction may be given under this paragraph to one of six weeks beginning with the day on which the Competition Commission are given notice under paragraph 12(5) above.

(3)The Competition Commission may give a direction under this paragraph only if the relevant changes to which it relates do not appear to them requisite for the purpose of remedying or preventing the adverse effects specified in their report on the reference under paragraph 9 above.

(4)If the Competition Commission give a direction under this paragraph, they shall give notice—

(a)setting out the relevant changes contained in the notice given under paragraph 12(5) above;

(b)setting out the direction; and

(c)stating the reasons why they are giving the direction.

(5)A notice under sub-paragraph (4) above shall be given—

(a)by publishing the notice in such manner as the Competition Commission consider appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by the direction; and

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F1Words in Sch. 4A substituted (5.7.2004) by Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 (c. 20), ss. 16, 120, {Sch. 2 para. 3(a) Table}; S.I. 2004/827, art. 4(g)

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