Separating Consumer Protection from Competition Enforcement: ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’

May 11, 2011

(by Pinar Akman) Part of the UK government consultation on reform of the competition regime relates to whether the merged Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) should have ‘a clear principal competition focus’. As one reads on, it appears that the issue really is whether the CMA should have no consumer protection role at all and only have competition law powers. The Government believes that the scope of the activities of the CMA should not include any consumer powers or functions. It provides no substantive justification for this view.  Depriving the CMA of consumer powers and functions is alarming. Why? Read the rest of this entry »