The Association of Convenience Stores is expected to call for an investigation into the dominance of supermarkets in an inquiry into the future of local shopping and the high street later today.

The All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group inquiry will assess the existing local retailing market, predict how it will develop to 2015 and make recommendations to the Secretary of State of Trade and Industry and the OFT as to whether the market warrants further investigation.

The ACS, the Forum for Private Business and the Federation of Wholesale Distributors are all expected to give evidence today.

David Rae, chief executive of ACS said: “Unless something is done, there will be a lot of communities left without a local shop.”

Nick Goulding, chief executive of the FPB added: “It is critical that the government uses its powers to stop the Tesco/Asda/Sainsbury juggernaut from eradicating high street shops altogether by 2015.”