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'in the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may be significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

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Amendment No. 28, in page 21, line 15, leave out from "preventing" to end of line 18 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 29, in page 21, line 20, leave out from "preventing" to "and" in line 23 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 30, in page 21, line 28, leave out from "practicable" to end of line 29 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 31, in clause 35, page 22, leave out lines 5 and 6 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 205, in page 22, line 5, after "competition", insert—


'or substantial damage to the public interest'.

Amendment No. 32, in page 22, line 6, at end insert—


'or


(c) the creation of that situation has operated, or may be expected to operate against the public interest.'.

Amendment No. 33, in page 22, line 11, leave out from "preventing" to end of line 13 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 34, in page 22, line 15, leave out from "preventing" to "and" in line 17 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 35, in page 22, line 22, leave out from "practicable" to end of line 23 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Government amendment No. 227.

Amendment No. 36, in clause 40, page 25, line 37, leave out from "prevent" to "and" in line 38 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 37, in page 25, line 40, leave out from second "from" to end of line 41 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 38, in page 26, line 1, leave out from "to" to end of line 2 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 57, in page 26, line 5, at end insert—


'(6) In making a decision under subsection (2), the Commission may also have regard to whether the enterprise which is the subject of the proposed merger will become insolvent within the immediate

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future; the market shares of the enterprise would in any event go to the acquiring party; and there is no less anti–competitive way of selling the company.'.

Government amendments Nos. 228, 230 and 231.

Amendment No. 39, in clause 43, page 29, line 14, leave out from "in" to end of line 15 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 58, in page 29, line 28, at end insert—


'or


(g) the enterprise which is the subject of the proposed merger will become insolvent within the immediate future; the market shares of the enterprise would in any event go to the acquiring party; and there is no less anti–competitive way of selling the company.'.

Amendment No. 40, in clause 44, page 30, line 7, leave out from first "of" to "the" in line 8 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 41, in page 30, line 15, leave out from "result" to end of line 16 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 42, in page 30, line 27, leave out from "result" to end of line 29 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 43, in page 30, line 33, leave out from first "of" to end of line 36 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 44, in page 30, line 41, leave out from "in" to end of line 43 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 45, in clause 46, page 32, line 8, leave out from "in" to "and" in line 9 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 46, in page 32, line 10, leave out from "any" to "the" in line 12 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 47, in page 32, line 25, leave out from "in" to "and" in line 27 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 48, in page 32, line 28, leave out from "any" to end of line 31 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

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Amendment No. 49, in page 33, line 6, leave out from "be" to "it" in line 7 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 50, in page 33, line 11, leave out from "preventing" to end of line 14 and insert—


'the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services'.

Amendment No. 51, in page 33, line 17, leave out from beginning to "and" in line 19 and insert—


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