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08Oct92 UK: NATIONAL HOUSE BUILDING COUNCIL TO CONTINIUE FIGHT AGAINST MONOPOLIES AND MERGERS COMMISSION INQUIRY.

The National House Building Council plans to continue its fight against the findings of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission inquiry into new housing warranty services.Last week a High Court judge rejected the council's application for a judicial review into the MMC decision that its 10-year warranty is anti-competitive.Thee MMC ruled that NHBC rule 12, which makes builders register either all or none of their homes with the NHBC, operates against the public interest.But the NHBC again intends to appeal against the ruling. It also believes the Department of Trade and Industry will not act on the MMC findings.The NHBC could also seek a compromise. It may settle for competition with other warranty schemes like Foundation 15 on a site-by-site basis rather than house-by-house as is proposed.Ironically the High Court ruling coincided with news that Municiple Mutual Insurance which set up the rival Foundation 15 scheme, has slapped a moratorium on claims. MMI resumed full payment to claims on Tuesday.