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Competition Commission publishes energy and postal services appeals rules

The Competition Commission (CC) has yesterday published procedural rules on how it will deal with appeals against certain decisions made by Ofgem and Ofcom.

The rules relating to decisions by Ofgem follow changes to the regulatory regimes in the Gas Act 1986, Electricity Act 1989 and the Utilities Act 2000 made by the Electricity & Gas (Internal Markets) Regulations 2011, which changed the process for modifying electricity and gas licences and created a new procedure allowing for appeals to the CC.
 
The rules relating to decisions by Ofcom provide for the process the CC will follow in appeals to the CC against certain price control decisions made by Ofcom in relation to postal services under the Postal Services Act 2011.
 
The CC has also published guides to assist parties conducting appeals under each set of rules.

These documents—for energy: Competition Commission Energy Licence Modification Appeals Rules (CC14) and Energy Licence Modification Appeals: Competition Commission Guide (CC15) and for postal services: Competition Commission Postal Services Price Control Appeals Rules (CC16) and Postal Services Price Control Appeals: Competition Commission Guide (CC17)—are published here.
 
In each case the CC consulted on draft versions of the rules. The CC’s response to each consultation is published
here.

Notes to editors

1. The CC is an independent public body which carries out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries.

2. Enquiries should be directed to Rory Taylor or Siobhan Allen on 020 7271 0242.

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