The Competition Commission (CC) has published its corporate plan for 2009/10, which sets out its objectives over the next 12 months and beyond. The plan (available here) sets out a number of objectives, including working towards doing some inquiries more quickly, whilst maintaining the quality of the CC’s work. In particular, the CC is aiming, where appropriate, to complete future market investigations in 18 months or possibly an even shorter period in the case of smaller markets. Specific work streams will explore ways of making investigations more efficient and effective, as well as ensuring that the CC is taking the right decisions and the right remedial actions when required. The CC has discussed its plan with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), as the two bodies work together closely to deliver an effective and efficient competition regime, minimising duplication of effort between the two bodies and minimising the burden on business. The OFT has itself committed to a six month target for consulting on decisions whether to refer a market to the CC in cases where this may be the most appropriate and proportionate outcome.