Sir: The Grocer recently reported that Asda had claimed its initial comments in relation to the Booker/Makro merger had been “misreported” by the Competition Competition (‘Asda scraps objection to Booker-Makro deal’, 23 February).
This claim was incorrect and made in error by Asda. Asda did request that its initial submission be replaced but this did not result from any lack of accuracy with which its original comments were reported. As you would expect, we take great care to ensure all parties’ views in an inquiry are recorded faithfully and accurately.
Simon Polito, deputy chairman of the Competition Commission and chairman of Booker/Makro Inquiry Group