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Friday 12th April 2002


STANDING COMMITTEE B

ENTERPRISE BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order to be proposed by Miss Melanie Johnson.

Miss Melanie Johnson

To move, That the Bill be considered in the following order, namely Clause 1, Schedule 1, Clauses 2 to 11, Clause 196, Clauses 179 to 195, Clause 198, Clauses 200 and 201, Schedule 13, Clauses 202 to 226, Clauses 20 to 66, Schedule 5, Clauses 67 to 81, Schedule 6, Clause 82, Schedule 7, Clauses 83 to 86, Schedule 9, Clauses 87 to 160, Schedule 8, Clauses 161 to 174, Clause 197, Clause 199, Clause 175, Schedule 10, Clauses 176 and 177, Schedule 11, Clause 178, Schedule 12, Clause 12, Schedule 2, Clauses 13 and 14, Schedule 3, Clauses 15 to 19, Schedule 4, Clauses 227 and 228, Schedule 14, Clauses 229 to 231, Schedule 15, Clauses 232 to 239, Schedules 16 and 17, Clauses 240 and 241, Schedule 18, Clauses 242 to 245, Schedule 19, Clause 246, Schedules 20 and 21, Clauses 247 to 252, Schedule 22, Clauses 253 to 257, Schedule 23, Clauses 258 to 264, Schedule 24, Clauses 265 and 266, Schedules 25 and 26, Clauses 267 to 269, New Clauses and New Schedules.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

1

Schedule     1,     page     182,     line     6,     at end insert 'of which at least 50 per cent. will be currently active in industry or commerce at the time of their appointment'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

3

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     24,     at end insert—

      '(c) a detailed summary of OFT decisions and investigations over the preceding year'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

4

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     24,     at end insert—

      '(d) an assessment of the additional costs to business of the exercise of its functions.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

2

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The Government will arrange a debate in each House of Parliament on the annual report within three months of its publication'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

5

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     31,     leave out 'shall have regard to the need for excluding' and insert 'shall exclude'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

6

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     32,     leave out 'so far as is practicable'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

7

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     34,     leave out 'in its opinion'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

8

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     34,     leave out 'seriously and prejudicially affect the' and insert 'significantly harm the legitimate business'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

9

Clause     6,     page     3,     line     17,     leave out 'shall have regard to the need for excluding' and insert 'shall exclude'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

10

Clause     6,     page     3,     line     18,     leave out 'so far as is practicable'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

11

Clause     6,     page     3,     line     20,     leave out 'in its opinion'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

12

Clause     6,     page     3,     line     20,     leave out 'seriously and prejudically affect the' and insert 'significantly harm the legitimate business'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

13

Clause     7,     page     3,     line     23,     after '(1)', insert 'Subject to the overriding requirement to keep sensitive business information confidential,'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

14

Clause     7,     page     3,     line     32,     at end insert—

    '(3)   It shall also be a function of the OFT to issue guidance to trading standards departments about the use of their powers to obtain Stop Now orders and to ensure that such powers are used consistently.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

15

Clause     7,     page     3,     line     32,     at end insert—

    '(3)   Any such proposals, information and/or advice made or given to a Minister of the Crown or other public authority shall be published.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

16

Clause     7,     page     3,     line     32,     at end insert—

    '(4)   A Minister of the Crown who receives any such proposals or advice shall deliver (and publish) a reasoned response to such proposals or advice within 6 weeks of receipt thereof.'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

17

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     3,     leave out 'feature, or combination of features, of' and insert 'agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings, or concerted practices in'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

18

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     4,     leave out from 'services' to end of line 5 and insert 'prevents, restricts or distorts competition'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

19

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     6,     leave out '90' and insert '60'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

20

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     12,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   In the event that the OFT decides to take no action, and an undertaking has incurred costs as a result of the complaint, the consumer body which made the complaint shall bear the reasonable costs of that undertaking'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

25

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     13,     leave out subsection (4).

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

21

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     17,     leave out from 'body' to 'such' in line 19 and insert 'where he is satisfied that it is fully representative of the legitimate interests of consumers and that it meets'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

22

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     18,     after 'consumers', insert 'of products or services of any description'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

26

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     19,     leave out 'he may publish for the purposes of this section' and insert 'are listed in Schedule 27'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

23

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   The status of "designated consumer body" for the purposes of this section shall be renewed by the Secretary of State on an annual basis and revoked if he thinks fit.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

24

Clause     11,     page     5,     leave out lines 31 and 32.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

36

Clause     181,     page     132,     line     11,     leave out 'to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

37

Clause     181,     page     132,     line     12,     leave out 'or to both'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

39

Clause     181,     page     132,     line     13,     leave out 'to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

40

Clause     181,     page     132,     line     14,     leave out 'or to both'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

38

Clause     181,     page     132,     line     17,     leave out from 'Office' to end of line 18.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

41

Page     144,     line     4,     leave out Clause 200.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

46

Clause     202,     page     145,     line     32,     after '(2)', insert 'or is an unfair commercial practice'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

47

Clause     202,     page     146,     line     19,     at end add—

    '(8)   For the purposes of this section an "unfair commercial practice" is an act, omission or course of conduct, whether or not it involves a contravention of any enactment or rule of law, which contrary to the requirement of good faith, is deceptive or unfair and which causes detriment to the economic interests of one or more consumers.

    (9)   In determining whether an act, omission or course of conduct amounts to an unfair commercial practice, the court shall take into account—

      (a) the nature of the goods or services in question;

      (b) the circumstances of the consumer or consumers in question, including their ability to understand the character, nature and language of any prospective or actual obligation;

      (c) the terms of any contract related to the act, omission or course of conduct;

    and the court may have regard to whether it involved or involves any of the following—

      (d) any misleading or deceptive statement made by the person in question;

      (e) any undue influence or pressure exerted by that person on a consumer;

      (f) any exploitation by that person of a consumer not reasonably able to protect his own interests because of physical or mental infirmity;

      (g) any failure by that person to disclose any information which a reasonable consumer would expect to receive in the circumstances;

      (h) any failure by that person to comply with a consumer code of practice (as defined in section 8(4) of this Act) which he claims to follow.

    (10)   Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (9) above, the following are indicative and non-exhaustive examples of acts, omissions or conduct which may be regarded as unfair commercial practices—

      (a) refusing to leave a consumer's home until a contract has been signed;

      (b) putting pressure on a consumer to sign a contract by stating that the same goods, service or price will not be available later when this is not the case;

      (c) exaggerating the dangers to which a consumer may be subject to persuade him to buy an insurance policy or other protection product;

      (d) pressurising a consumer to sign a contract without a reasonable opportunity to study its contents;

      (e) without good reason accompanying a consumer from his home to obtain money for a purchase;

      (f) selling goods or services which are clearly unsuitable, having regard to the consumer's apparent disability or infirmity;

      (g) awarding a prize which promises a free offer or reduction in price for goods or services which are not in fact available;

      (h) promising a prize or award or where the cost of claiming it exceeds the value of the prize or award or where the value of the prize or award cannot be used without further unrevealed expense by the consumer;

      (i) unreasonably delaying consideration of a complaint by a consumer under the terms of the contract or requiring the consumer to meet onerous conditions before the complaint is considered;

      (j) unreasonably delaying consideration of a claim under an insurance policy or other protection product;

      (k) failure to keep a consumer reasonably informed about matters related to a contract which affects him;

      (l) obstructing a consumer who attempts to terminate a contract.'.

 
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