18 August 1995

BS court case rolls on

BRITISH Sugar has failed to halt proceedings brought against it by the Office of Fair Trading over price fixing and market share agreements it had with Tate & Lyle.

Although these activities took place in the mid-1980s, the matter was only referred to the Restrictive Practices Court last summer.

The powers of the Court are effectively limited to ordering British Sugar not to do it again. It cannot impose penalties unless there is a future breach of its orders.

Despite this, British Sugar had sought a stay of proceedings fearing that a ruling against it in the UK courts would prejudice a parallel case going through the European courts.

This request has been turned down and the case continues. &#42