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Monday 18 June, 2001

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
18 June 2001


'INVITATION TO COMMENT'  

Proposed acquisition by Botts & Company, Britel Fund Nominees Ltd and The Bank
of Scotland through its subsidiary Uberior Investments Plc of 290 pubs
previously owned by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries Plc from Pubmaster
Group.  

The Director General of Fair Trading is considering whether the above 
acquisition qualifies for investigation under the merger provisions of the
Fair Trading Act 1973.  Should it be found to qualify, the Director General
will consider it further with a view to advising the Secretary of State for
Trade and Industry under section 76(1) of  the Act as to whether or not the
merger should be referred to the Competition Commission for investigation and
report. 


Please send written representations about any competition or public interest
implications to:

     Ms Angela Pickett 
     4th Floor
     Office of Fair Trading
     Fleetbank House
     2-6 Salisbury Square
     London EC4Y 8JX    

     FAX: 020-7211-8916

to arrive by 29 June 2001.