Any such price fixing agreement will be registrable under the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 (section 6(1)(a) and (b)). Indeed, the meeting held in Bristol on 13 August may itself have constituted a registrable agreement to exchange price information under the 1976 Act (section 7(1)(a) and (b)) and the 1969 Information Agreements Order.
It will be unlawful for any person party to the actual or proposed arrangements to give effect to, or enforce or purport to enforce, the agreement in respect of the minimum prices, or to exchange price information. The restaurateurs should be careful, as the Office of Fair Trading is vigilant in such cases, and the thought of the customers of Bristol's Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants suing the restaurateurs for having paid too much for their meals is an appalling prospect.
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