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While a European Commission inquiry continues, UK culture minister Ed Vaizey has rejected calls for a national investigation in to Google’s search practices.
But Vaizey has agreed to meet with the founders of one of the companies whose complaint sparked the EC’s probe.
That comes as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission considers opening its own, wide-ranging, EC-style inquiry in to Google’s search dominance, according to Bloomberg.
Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab, representing the originators of price comparison site Foundem, which was one of three European search services whose complaint prompted the EC’s current inquiry, used a House Of Commons adjournment motion on Tuesday to ask Vaizey to procure inquiries in to Google (NSDQ: GOOG) from the Office of Fair Trading or Competition Commission.
Vaizey said: “The EU anti-trust probe is, I think, an adequate remedy at the moment, and I gather that the OFT looked into the matter three or four years ago and does not feel the need to do so again at this time.”
But he agreed to meet Foundem’s founders to hear their concerns.