The Competition Commission is on track to deliver the first of its remedies to emerge from its two-year inquiry into grocery by next month. A spokesman for the commission said it had started the consultation with key industry players, including major retailers, on the issue of controlled land, and was weeks away from publishing an order prohibiting practices such as restrictive convenants. The commission had sent a draft order to the key parties, who have until next week to respond.

It had also begun the informal consultation on the creation of an ombudsman to deal with implementing the commission’s revised Groceries Supply Code of Practice, he said. In order to establish an ombudsman the commission must reach agreement with the big four: The Co-op Group, Waitrose, M&S, Iceland, Aldi and Lidl.