The Competition Commission has dismissed fears that it may not be able to cope with the amount of submissions it has received for its inquiry into the grocery market.

Reports suggest that it has so far received 250 submissions, but only has 21 full-time employees working on the inquiry.

Peter Freeman, chairman of the Competition Commission, said: “We are aware that we have asked for a lot of information. We are quite well-attuned to heavy volumes of market investigation work and this is a challenging target, but that is deliberate.”