Sir: Following the announcement of a Grocery Adjudicator Bill in the Queen’s Speech, the usual siren calls have arisen in soundbite opposition: ‘is it justified?’ ‘beware the cost’ etc.
The sirens forget that effective refereeing of GSCOP was a key recommendation of the Competition Commission following its review of the supply chain, which found more than enough ‘adverse effects on competition’. Their calls have already reduced the original recommendation for an Ombudsman to an Adjudicator. If an Adjudicator proves ineffective, which is probable given this role neutering, the Commission should recall its original recommendation.
Duncan Swift, joint head, Food Advisory Group, Moore Stephens