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Office of Fair Trading OFT announce stock take of ownership and control in UK

The OFT has today announced a stock-take of ownership and control across economic infrastructure in the UK.

The key aims of the work are to:

Map ownership and control across the economic infrastructure sectors such as ports, airports, energy and water networks, and car parks.

Assess how ownership of infrastructure affects outcomes for consumers in these markets.

This work will include examining the different forms of ownership such as private equity ownership, statutory corporations, infrastructure investment funds and limited companies. Alongside this the OFT will be looking at who controls which assets.

The stock-take is intended to improve public understanding of competition issues in UK infrastructure markets. It may also lead to further work by the OFT if specific competition or consumer issues are identified in any of the sectors.

Heather Clayton, Senior Director of OFT’s Infrastructure Group said:
‘Effective infrastructure is crucial to the performance and productivity of the UK economy, and the quality of life of UK consumers. There have been significant changes in ownership of infrastructure assets in both regulated and unregulated sectors of the economy over the past decade. We want to take this opportunity to step back and assess how these developments might have affected competition and consumers.’

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