422. Powers exercisable in consequence of report of Competition and Markets Authority.

The appropriate minister or ministers1 may apply to the comptroller2 for compulsory licensing where a report of the Competition and Markets Authority has been laid before Parliament containing conclusions to the effect:


    (1)     on a competition reference, that a person was engaged in an anticompetitive practice which operated or may be expected to operate against the public interest3; or


    (2)     on a reference of public bodies and certain other persons4, that a person is pursuing a course of conduct which operates against the public interest5.

Before making such an application, the appropriate minister or ministers must publish, in such manner