Representations of the symmetric group are quite well understood, mainly thanks to a constructive approach given by James who developed the use of combinatorial tools, such as diagrams, tableaux and abacuses. This approach can be generalised to give techniques for studying representations of related algebras including the Hecke algebras of type A and the Ariki-Koike algebras.

We consider representations of the Ariki–Koike algebra, a q-deformation of the group algebra of the complex reflection group C_wr S_n. The representations of this algebra are naturally indexed by multipartitions of n. We examine blocks of the Ariki–Koike algebra, in an attempt to generalise the combinatorial representation theory of the Iwahori–Hecke algebra.

In particular, we prove a sufficient condition such that restriction of modules leads to a natural correspondence between the multipartitions of n whose Specht modules belong to a block B and those of nδ_i(B) whose Specht modules belong to the block B, obtained from B applying a Scopes equivalence.