February 16 2008 ~ "We need a new independent regulator with more powers and a wider remit.."
Reaction to the Competition Commission's proposed remedies to protect suppliers in their dealings with supermarkets has been somewhat lukewarm. Friends of the Earth's reaction is that although the Commission's decision to drop controversial proposals to make it easier to build more edge of town and out of town stores is welcome, they feel that:
"The Competition Commission's proposed remedies will help farmers provided that the ombudsman is given sufficient powers to deal with the supermarkets' bully behaviour". The competition test recommended by the Competition Commission will do nothing to help local shops or to promote real retail diversity..."Luke Herbert, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said that merely creating additional large out of town superstores could have a detrimental impact on the sustainability of town centres and the future of the high street - as well as encouraging extra car journeys.
Simon Briault of the Federation of Small Businesses said, "We need a new independent regulator with more powers and a wider remit than the ombudsman to ensure fair competition in the whole of the retail sector." (See BBC)