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Tuesday 16 November, 1999

OfficeFair Trade

Stmt re Celltech/Medeva

Office of Fair Trading
16 November 1999

'INVITATION TO COMMENT'
PROPOSED MERGER BY CELLTECH CHIROSCIENCE PLC AND MEDEVA PLC

The Director General of Fair Trading is considering whether the above
acquisition qualifies for investigation under the merger provisions of the Fair
Trading Act 1973.  Should it be found to qualify, the Director General will
consider it further with a view to advising the Secretary of State for Trade and
Industry under section 76 (1) of the Act as to whether or not the merger should
be referred to the Competition Commission for investigation and report.

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest
implications to:

Mr M Potts
Room F403
Office of Fair Trading
Field House
15-25 Bream's Buildings
London EC4A 1PR

FAX: 0171-211-8916

to arrive by 30 November 1999.

                                                                                                                                                                   

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