Whitehall postpones decision on recommended supermarket ombudsman

The Government has delayed its decision on whether or not to create an ombudsman, as recommended by the Competition Commission (CC).

Ministers at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, led by business secretary Peter Mandelson, were due to make a decision on the watchdog role last week. But they have now postponed their announcement until the end of the year.

They are also considering a recommendation by the CC to introduce a competition test for the building of new supermarkets and are expected to respond to the two issues at the same time.

The deferral came despite pressure from MPs, farmers' unions, non-government organisations and business groups in the past couple of weeks by discussing the benefits of the ombudsman role during several sessions at Westminster.


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