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Questions to be asked about OFT Steam Packet investigation

Fri, 11 Nov 2011


Questions are to be asked about the cost of an Office of Fair Trading report into the Steam Packet that has never been published.

In 2009, the OFT began an investigation to look into the ferry company's pricing structure, but it was announced in the summer that we'll never know the findings.

The OFT claimed recent changes in the Steam Packet's management and the introduction of a rival freight service make the investigation irrelevant.

Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan will bring the matter to Tynwald next week.

He wants to know exactly how much the report cost - it's speculated to be a five figure sum.

Mr Rodan also wants the OFT Chairman to make a statement.

North Douglas MHK Bill Henderson was the Chairman at the time of the investigation, although he is being replaced in that role by Onchan member David Quirk.

His appointment in that job is up for Tynwald approval this month.

 

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