Dear Office of Fair Trading,
Can you point me in the direction of the legislation which allows Merseytravel to hold what I and the people of Merseyside consider to be a monopoly on the River Mersey crossings from Liverpool to Wallasey and Brikenhead. Secondly, has this organisation been investigated for holding this monopoly or are they exempt by virtue of being a government quango.
Email: [FOI #200170 email]
Our ref IAT/FOIA/164140
Date 5 March 2014
Dear Mr Rimmer
You made a request to the Office of Fair Trading (“the OFT”) on 3 March
2014 for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the
FOIA”), in relation to Merseytravels monopoly of River Mersey crossings.
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2014. However the OFT will cease to exist at close of business on 31 March
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Dion Lewis| Information Access & Records Management Team | Business
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Dear Dion Lewis,
Thanks for your prompt reply.
I am happy for you to deal with my FOI request but should you have to pass it on to the CMA after your closure I am equally happy for you to do that on my behalf
Dear Mr Rimmer
Please see attached reply to your FoIA request below.
Praful Depala| Services, Infrastructure and Public Markets | Office of Fair Trading
Fleetbank House | 2-6 Salisbury Square | London EC4Y 8JX | T: 020 7211 8506
F: 020 7211 8505 | www.oft.gov.uk |
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