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Freedom of Information Act: Competition Commission Publication Scheme

The CC’s publication scheme was updated in January 2009, in order to comply with the ICO’s model publication scheme. The scheme will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the information is current.


Who we are and what we do


Roles and responsibilities


Functions and overview of the Competition Commission

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/about_us/index.htm

Senior Team roles

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/staff/index.htm

Organisational structure

The current top level organisational structure of the Competition Commission and names of the members of the Council

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/org_chart/index.htm

Organograms showing the structure of CC directorates including staff numbers

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/staff/staff_data/index.htm

Information relating to the legislation relevant to the authority’s functions

Current version of the statement published by the Competition Commission under section 116 of the Enterprise Act 2002 on policy on the enforcement of notices relating to the attendance of witnesses, the production of documents etc.

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/rules_and_guide/index.htm

Current version of Chairman’s guidance made under paragraph 19 (3) of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998

Manner of publication: Printed copy available on request; online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/rules_and_guide/index.htm

Lists of and information relating to organisations with which the NDPB works in partnership

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is the Competition Commission’s sponsoring department.

About the Competition Commission

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/about_us/index.htm

The types of inquiries conducted by the Competition Commission and, for each type of inquiry the governing legislation and the referring authority

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_role/what_investigate/index.htm

Senior staff and management board members

The Competition Commission’s current members and biographies

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: Names and biographies of Members available at http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/members/index.htm

The senior management team meets every two weeks. SMT agendas and minutes can be found below:

Tuesday 26 July

Agenda
Minutes

Archived agendas and minutes

The Competition Commission’s current internal management structure and names of senior staff

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: Names of senior staff available at http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/staff/index.htm

Organograms showing the structure of CC directorates including staff numbers

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/staff/staff_data/index.htm

Council

The Council is the CC’s strategic management board; it is led by the Chairman and consists of the three Deputy Chairmen, the Chief Executive, and three non-executive Council members. Council meet at least six times a year to consider the plans and strategic direction of the CC and to review recent inquiries, high level risks and discuss best practice across inquiry groups.

Council meeting minutes can be found below:

Minutes from meeting held in January 2009 (pdf, 20kb)

Minutes from meeting held in March 2009 (pdf, 22kb)

Minutes from meeting held in June 2009 (pdf, 15kb)

Informal meeting held in July 2009 – no note taken

Minutes from meeting held in September 2009 (pdf, 36kb)

Minutes from meeting held in October 2009 (pdf, 35kb)

Minutes from meeting held in December 2009 (pdf, 38kb)

Minutes from meeting held in January 2010 (pdf, 39kb)

Minutes from meeting held in March 2010 (pdf. 44kb)

Minutes from meeting held in May 2010 (pdf. 44kb)

Minutes from meeting held in June 2010 (pdf, 45kb)

Minutes from meeting held in September 2010 (pdf 36kb)

Minutes from meeting held in October 2010 (pdf, 40kb)

Minutes from meeting held in December 2010 (pdf, 32kb)

Minutes from meeting held in January 2011 (pdf, 43kb)

Minutes from meeting held in March 2011 (pdf,43kb)

Minutes from meeting held in May 2011 (pdf,41kb)

Minutes from meeting held in June 2011 (pdf,32kb)

Minutes from meeting held in September 2011 (pdf,39kb)

Minutes from meeting held in October 2011 (pdf,43kb)

The locations and contact details for the authority

Central contact points within the Competition Commission for external inquiries

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/footer/contact_points.htm


What we spend and how we spend it

Financial statements, budgets and variance reports

Annual Reviews of the Competition Commission’s work and accounts from 1998/99 to present.

Manner of publication: Printed copy available on request; online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/annual_rev_archive/index.htm

Quarterly summary of accounts

The Competition Commission (CC) has a very unpredictable workload, it cannot initiate its own inquiries, and it is difficult to predict with much accuracy the workload for the coming months. The CC can only investigate a merger or market which has been referred to it by the Office of Fair Trading, an industry regulator or the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The CC's budgeting process is therefore reviewed regularly to ensure it reflects the latest prediction of work; and BIS is fully informed about how the CC is achieving its targets against its budgets, on a regular basis.

A summary of figures for the last quarter can be found at:
http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/quarterly_summary_sept_2011.xls

Publication of Spend

http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/expenses_jan_sept_2011.xls

Transparency Data

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_april_september_2010.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_october_2010.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_November_2010.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_December_2010.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_January_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_February_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_March_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_April_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_May_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_June_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_july_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_august_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_september_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_october_2011.csv

Manner of publication: online
Relevant URL: http://competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/transparency_data_november_2011.csv

The aims and objectives of the Competition Commission are published every April in the Corporate Plan.

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_role/corporate_plan/index.htm

Financial Memorandum

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_role/ms_and_fm/pdf/financial_memorandum.pdf

Capital programme

Travel and Subsistence Policy

Method of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/corporate_documents/corporate_policies/travel_and_subsistence_policy.pdf

Staff and Board members’ allowances and expenses

Council members’ allowances and expenses are provided on a quarterly basis, and can be found at:
http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/expenses_2010.xls

An explanation of the allowances and expenses can be found at:

http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/publication_of_espenses.doc

Pay and grading structures

Senior civil servant salary bands

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/staff/staff_data/index.htm

Competition Commission staff salary bands

Method of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/index.htm

Procurement and tendering procedures

Procurement Policy

Method of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/corporate_documents/finance_procurement/pdf/procurement_guidance.pdf

Lists of contracts awarded and their value

List of current and previous contracts between the Competition Commission and third parties

Method of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_doc/contract_list.xls


What are our priorities and how are we doing

Annual Reviews of the Competition Commission’s priorities and performance against objectives from 2007/08 to present.

Manner of publication: Printed copy available on request; online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/annual_rev_archive/index.htm

The aims and objectives of the Competition Commission are published every April in the Corporate Plan.

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_role/corporate_plan/index.htm

Internal and external performance reviews

Peer Reviews by BIS

Available on the BIS website:
http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/businesslaw/competition/policy/reviews/page39860.html

Competition Commission Evaluation Reports

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_role/analysis/evaluation_reports.htm


How we make decisions

Public consultations

Consultation documents in respect of which the consultation period has either:
(a) not expired, or
(b) has expired within the 12 month period ending on the current date

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/consultations/index.htm


Policies and procedures

Policies and procedures for the provision of services

Rules and guidelines of the Competition Commission

Manner of publication: Printed copy available on request; online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/rules_and_guide/index.htm

Includes:

  • The Commission Rules of Procedure
  • Merger References: Competition Commission Guidelines
  • Market Investigation References: Competition Commission Guidelines
  • General Advice and Information
  • Statement of Policy on Penalties
  • Chairman's Guidance to Groups
  • Chairman's Guidance on Disclosure of Information in Merger and Market Inquiries
  • Merger Remedies: Competition Commission Guidelines
  • Water Merger References; Competition Commission Guidelines
  • Competition Commission: The Energy Code Modification Rules
  • Guide to Appeals in Energy Code Modification Cases
  • Disclosure of information by the Competition Commission to other public authorities

Policies and procedures for the recruitment and employment of staff

Current policies for human resource management, including race equality, learning and development, and health and safety and recruitment procedure

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/further_information/index.htm

Competition Commission job vacancies currently open for application by the public

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/employment/index.htm

Customer service

Information on how to make a complaint, of a particular or general nature, and how it will be dealt with

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/footer/complaints.htm

Records management and personal data policies

Records Retention Policy

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/corporate_documents/corporate_policies/records_retention_policy.pdf

Data Protection Policy

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/corporate_documents/corporate_policies/data_protection_policy.pdf

Risk and Data Handling Policy

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/corporate_documents/corporate_policies/risk_and_data_handling_policy.pdf

Policy on Security of Information

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/corporate_documents/corporate_policies/information_security_policy.pdf

Charging regimes and policies

Where the manner of publication of information is described as ‘web format’, access to the relevant web site is free of charge (ie there is no charge by us, although the user would have to meet any charges by their Internet service provider, printing costs etc).

There is a charge where we supply hard copies on request. The charges will be at cost and payment is required before delivery. However, costs may be waived at our discretion and normally will be in the case of one or two page documents.


Lists and registers

Disclosure logs

Register of gifts and hospitality provided to Board members and senior personnel

A report from the gifts and hospitality register detailing who received the gift, who it was from, a description and the value of the gift.
Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission/rep_pub/freedom_info/foi_docs/register_gift_hospitality.xls

Guidance on Acceptance of Gifts and Hospitality

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/gift_and_hospitality_policy.pdf

Guidance on Conflicts of Interest

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/conflicts_of_interest.htm

Current entries in the Register of Members interests maintained by the Competition Commission

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/members/reg_interests/index.htm
Note: The Register contains, in addition to member’s interests, their recent appointments and the name of any businesses they have recently carried on alone or in partnership

Publication of organograms and senior salary information

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_peop/staff/staff_data/index.htm


The services we offer

Homepage

http://www.competition-commission.org.uk

Chairman’s Speeches of which the Competition Commission has a transcript and which he has consented to be published

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_role/speeches/index.htm

Advice and guidance

Questions frequently asked and answers to those questions

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/our_role/faq/index.htm

The inquiries currently being conducted and, in relation to each such inquiry:

(a) the terms of reference, the names of inquiry group members, outline timetable and dates of public hearings;
(b) issues letter unless the group directs that it is not to be published;
(c) notices of any provisional findings if publication is required by rules made under paragraph 19A of Schedule 7 to the Enterprise Act 2002 or is directed by the group,
(d) remedies statements unless the group directs that it is not to be published; and
(e) information required to be published under sections 107 and 172 of the Enterprise Act 2002

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/inquiries/current/index.htm

Introduction to the Competition Commission’s energy code modification appeal jurisdiction

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/appeals/energy/introduction_to_the_cc.htm

The versions of the reports of inquiries of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (originally named the Monopolies Commission) and the Competition Commission that have been published to date pursuant to Act of Parliament

Manner of publication: Online
Where the Competition Commission is required by any enactment (whenever made) to publish a report of an inquiry, the Competition Commission will make printed copies available for sale.
Other reports of the Competition Commission are published by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the utility regulators. Printed copies can be purchased from The Stationery Office Limited unless otherwise indicated.
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/reports/index.htm

General advice and information

Manner of publication: Printed copy available on request; online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/rep_pub/rules_and_guide/index.htm

Note: This is one of a series of documents which the Commission is required to publish under the Enterprise Act 2002

Media Releases

Competition Commission press releases from the beginning of the calendar year preceding the current year.

Thus, for example, a press release in the year 2010 will be published during the remainder of 2010 and the whole of 2011.

Manner of publication: Online
Relevant URL: http://www.competition-commission.org.uk/press_rel/index.htm

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