A main focus of Smarter Business is it's full scale conference and seminar programme which this year featured Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
, Sir John Egan, Chairman of the CBI, Charles Dunstone, Chief Executive of The Carphone Warehouse, Hans Snook, Founder of Orange and Martha Lane-Fox, Founder of Lastminute.
Scheduled speakers include Prime Minister Tony Blair; TUC General Secretary John Monks; TUC President Bill Morris; Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Patricia Hewitt; Gurbux Singh, Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality; Bert Massie, Chair of the Disability Rights Commission; and Wanja Lundby-Wedin, President of the Swedish LO (TUC equivalent).
The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
has, following review of France Telecom's proposed increased investment in NTL, concluded that he will not refer the proposed investment to the Competition Commission provided that satisfactory undertakings are given by France Telecom to dispose of all of its holdings in the Crown Castle International Corporation group.
The transaction arises out of the undertaking given by PowerGen to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry following its acquisition of East Midlands Electricity.
The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry announced on September 24, 1998 that he would not refer PowerGen's acquisition of East Midlands Electricity to the MMC if it gave certain undertakings, including plant divestment.
The MMC report will be delivered on time to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for consideration.
Under published guidelines the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry may now be expected to announce the MMC's findings in around four weeks time.
20, 1998--PowerGen plc (NYSE: PWG), the international power company, today announced that it has nominated two of its coal-fired power stations for sale as part of the undertakings to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
in connection with its acquisition of East Midlands Electricity (EME).