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Monday 14 August, 2000

OfficeFair Trade

Mergers Update

Office of Fair Trading
14 August 2000


NOTICE OF EXTENSION OF CONSIDERATION PERIOD

FAIR TRADING ACT 1973 - PRIOR NOTICE OF MERGERS

The Director General of Fair Trading received on 25 July 2000 a Merger Notice
under Section 75A of the Fair Trading Act 1973 (the Act) in respect of the
proposed arrangements for:

ACQUISITION BY NATIONAL EXPRESS GROUP PLC OF PRISM RAIL PLC
  
He now gives notice that in accordance with section 75B(3) of the Act he has
extended the period for consideration of this Notice by a further period of 15
working days.  The period for considering this Notice will therefore expire on
13 September 2000.