The chairman of the All Party Small Shops Group has said he hopes to give the government “strong recommendations” about future policy for the retail sector when the group’s report is published next year.

The hearings concluded last month when OFT chief executive John Fingleton defended the Office’s position on the ‘two-market’ theory and said he believed a cap on a company’s market share or a ban on below-cost selling would not be in the public interest.

Small Shops Group chairman Jim Dowd MP said: “We hope to make strong recommendations to government, and to do it in a manner which might mean they are enacted. We want a durable solution to the issues.”