Sir; The provisional findings report from the Competition Commission inquiry is a cliffhanger for UK food suppliers to supermarkets. The report implicitly acknowledges the failings of the Supermarkets Code of Practice but as yet takes no specific action to give it teeth and do the job it's meant to do. In an industry burdened by a culture of fear of being delisted, every man and his dog in the food supply chain knows supermarkets are regularly demanding ever-cheaper products with longer payment periods and other supplier contributions as part of the unwritten agreements they readily pull out of when it suits them. Now the Commission has found evidence itself that supports this, why does it choose to prolong the introduction of any corrective process? I hope the Commission will seek to introduce, as soon as possible, strong measures that are not anti-supermarket or pro-supplier but simply fair to all involved. Urgent action is needed through a radical reform of this ineffective code and the introduction of a supermarket ombudsman. If the appointment of an ombudsman or industry regulator is not possible, an alternative would be the appointment of an independent adjudicator to whom the OFT is obliged to refer all trade disputes after inconclusive mediation. Unbridled supermarket power has caused some ugly results for suppliers, and better, more enforceable, rules are needed to ensure fair trading and the prospects of the sector.