MP to introduce retailer ombudsman Bill

An MP from Wales has revealed that he is to introduce a Private Members Bill which could result in the creation of a supermarkets ombudsman.

The NFU has said it is delighted with the decision by the Ynys Mon MP, Albert Owen.

The Bill would allow the implementation of recommendations made by the Competition Commission which has proposed an independent figure with the power to settle disputes between major retailers and their suppliers.

Terry Jones, NFU head of government affairs, said it was excellent news.

“After nearly 10 years of investigations into the grocery market, Albert Owen’s Private Members Bill, sponsored by MPs from across the House, should bring this long-running saga to an end,” he said.

“His intervention provides government with an opportunity to deliver the Competition Commission’s recommendations in full and we will provide every support to him in the drafting of his Bill.”