The Work of the Office of Fair Trading
HC 591, Twelfth Report of Session 2006-07 – Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons – Trade and Industry Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'The Work of the Office of Fair Trading (HC 591)' examines the work of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as part of a programme of short inquiries into the non-departmental public bodies associated with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (formerly the DTI). A November 2005 National Audit Office report ('Enforcing Competition in Markets (HC 593)' – ISBN 0102936161, available below) highlighted three key areas of concern about the OFT and its approach to its work, focusing on: making best use of its resources; improving the management of investigations; and improving the measurement of its achievements and the communication of its work.
The Committee commends the OFT for its positive response to address these concerns and, although it is too soon to make a balanced assessment of the results, they are encouraged by the evidence of progress so far. The report also examines issues relating to staffing constraints, the merger referral threshold, the OFT's role in voluntary industry codes of practice, and the OFT's Consumer Direct telephone service.
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