Spotlight on Scotland’s competition and consumer issues

Meetings are to be held at three separate venues tomorrow (Tuesday, November 17) to discuss key competition and consumer issues in Scotland.
Members of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) board, including businesses, consumer groups, government and other experts, will convene to discuss the issues which will help to shape the CMA’s future work, as well as the Scottish Government’s development of a strategic assessment of Scottish markets.
The topics up for discussion are:
  • Disruptive technologies and big data – including the economics of data, ownership and delivering the right outcomes for consumers
  • Infrastructure, transport and public services – including procurement, government intervention in markets, and regulatory frameworks
  • Disadvantaged consumers – considering their access to markets and the ‘poverty premium’
David Currie, chairman of the CMA, which will hold its own board meeting at its offices in central Edinburgh on Wednesday (November 18), said: “It’s important that markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy in Scotland as for the rest of the UK.
“The CMA is committed to supporting the Scottish government’s strategic assessment of markets and I am very much looking forward to hearing the views of representatives of key groups from across business, the professions, government, consumer bodies and third sector organisations.”

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