Amendments proposed to the Enterprise Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

70

*Clause     17,     page     8,     line     33,     after 'specified', insert 'consumer'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

57

Clause     17,     page     8,     line     34,     leave out 'two' and insert 'fifty'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

58

Clause     17,     page     8,     line     41,     after 'may', insert 'only'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

32

Page     8,     line     29,     leave out Clause 17.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

60

Clause     18,     page     9,     leave out line 33.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

61

Clause     18,     page     9,     leave out line 34.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

62

*Clause     18,     page     10,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '( )   In section 46(2) of the 1998 Act, there is inserted after (h)—

      "(i) to issue a notice under section 26 requiring the production of specified documents or information,

      (j) to investigate premises without a warrant under section 27,

      (k) to investigate premises with a warrant under section 28,

      (l) not to investigate a complaint under Chapter I or II,

      (m) not to grant interim measures under section 35.".'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

59

Page     9,     line     25,     leave out Clause 18.


   

Dr Vincent Cable

77

*Clause     179,     page     130,     line     28,     leave out 'dishonestly' and insert 'knowingly or recklessly'.


   

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.'.


   

Dr Vincent Cable

81

*Clause     205,     page     148,     line     3,     leave out 'consultation' and insert 'communication'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

82

*Clause     205,     page     148,     line     4,     leave out 'consultation' and insert 'communication'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

83

*Clause     205,     page     148,     line     7,     leave out from first 'consultation' to second 'consultation' and insert 'communication is communication'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

84

*Clause     205,     page     148,     line     29,     leave out 'consultation' and insert 'communication'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

71

*Clause     208,     page     150,     line     33,     at end insert—

    '( )   Where any person fails to comply (whether wholly or in part) with an order made under subsection (8) the OFT may take such steps as it considers reasonable to publicise that failure.

    ( )   Any reasonable expenses incurred by the OFT under subsection ( ) may be recovered by it (as a civil debt) from the person whose failure it has publicised.

    ( )   For the purpose of the law of defamation the publication by the OFT of any failure to comply with an order made under section (8) shall be absolutely privileged.'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

72

*Clause     219,     page     157,     line     9,     after '203(1)', insert 'or section [Damages]'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

63

*Clause     20,     page     10,     line     30,     leave out 'shall' and insert 'may at its discretion'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry

33

Clause     20,     page     10,     line     30,     after '(3)', insert 'have a discretion to'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

65

*Clause     21,     page     12,     leave out lines 7 to 46 and insert—

    '( )   The condition mentioned in this subsection is that the merger would create or strengthen a share of 25 per cent. or more in any relevant market in the United Kingdom or a substantial part of the United Kingdom'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

64

*Clause     31,     page     19,     line     11,     leave out 'shall' and insert 'may at its discretion'.

 
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