Back in 1996, the bus operator FirstGroup acquired its Scottish rival, SB Holdings Limited. In order to obtain competition clearance for the deal and to avoid divestment of parts of the business, FirstGroup agreed to accept a series of behavioural undertakings including a fare cap and anti-predation measures. Ten years later, FirstGroup requested the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) that it be released from the undertakings in light of the subsequent changes to the market. The OFT considered the evidence presented and made its recommendations to the Competition Commission (CC) in December 2006. On 16 November 2007, the CC published its provisional findings, which conclude that the changes in the market are insufficient to release FirstGroup from undertakings although conceding that there may need to be variations (e.g. to the fare cap). FirstGroup was invited to make suggestions on such variations and third parties were invited to comment on the CC's conclusions.