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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 16th April 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE B


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

ENTERPRISE BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee of Monday 15th April.

   

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'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

73

*Schedule     1,     page     182,     line     15,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Appointment of the chairman and other members shall be subject to the prior scrutiny of the Trade and Industry Select Committee of the House of Commons'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Dr Vincent Cable

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.'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

78

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

      '(c) an investigation of the costs imposed on businesses by OFT investigations over the preceding year'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

79

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

    '(3A)   The report shall be placed before the parliamentary select committee for debate and approval'.

   

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'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

74

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


   

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'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

75

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


   

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
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

69

*Clause     8,     page     3,     line     35,     leave out 'the economic interests of'.


   

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'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

76

*Clause     11,     page     5,     line     3,     leave out from 'feature' to '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'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

80

*Clause     11,     page     5,     line     4,     leave out 'significantly'.

   

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

30

Clause     16,     page     7,     line     36,     leave out paragraphs (d) and (e).

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

31

Clause     16,     page     8,     line     3,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The Tribunal shall also have the power to grant injunctive relief.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

55

Clause     16,     page     8,     line     25,     at end insert—

    '(5A)   The limitation period for bringing claims pursuant to this section shall be six months from the date on which the cause of action arose.'.

 
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