24 February 2010 (PN 18)

Announcement of Evidence Session: Kraft takeover of Cadbury

The Business Innovation and Skills Committee will be holding an evidence session on Tuesday 16 March at 10.30am (venue tbc) to consider the recent takeover of Cadbury by Kraft.

The witnesses will be Unite the Union and senior representatives from Kraft and Cadbury.

Chairman Peter Luff commented:

"Kraft gave a number of undertakings before its takeover of Cadbury. We will be testing those undertakings, and put Kraft's plans for the future of Cadbury under the spotlight".

"We will also be seeking to identify any lessons that need to be learned from the process leading up to the takeover in the light of our earlier evidence session last month".

Further Information:

Written evidence from interested parties or individuals will be welcome. These should be sent, as an MS Word document, by e-mail to biscom@parliament.uk with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address above.

The Committee took oral evidence on the proposed takeover of Cadbury on 12 January from Professor Christopher Bones, Henley Business School, Unite the Union, and Ian Lucas, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The transcript of that evidence can be found at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmbis/uc234-i/uc23401.htm

Business, Innovation and Skills Committee membership is as follows:
Chairman: Peter Luff (Con) (Mid Worcestershire)
Roger Berry (Lab) (Kingswood)
Mr Brian Binley (Con) (Northampton South)
Mr Michael Clapham (Lab) (Barnsley West and Pen.)
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Lab) (Chorley)
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Con) (Bromsgrove)
Anne Moffat (Lab) (East Lothian)
Mark Oaten (Lib Dem) (Winchester)
Mr Lembit Öpik (Lib Dem) (Montgomeryshire)
Ian Stewart (Lab) (Eccles)
Mr Anthony Wright (Lab) (Great Yarmouth)

Media Enquiries: Laura Humble, Tel 0207 219 2003/ 07917 488 489, email: humblel@parliament.uk
Specific Committee Information: Tel 020 7219 5777, email: biscom@parliament.uk