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

114

Page     138,     line     36,     leave out Clause 195.


   

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
Dr Vincent Cable

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.'.


   

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

159

*Clause     204,     page     147,     leave out lines 29 and 30, and insert—

    '(9)   No such order may be made under this section unless a draft of it has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.'.


   

Dr Vincent Cable

81

Clause     205,     page     148,     line     2,     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

160

*Clause     208,     page     150,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   In considering whether to make an enforcement order the court must have regard to whether the advice and information published in pursuance of subsection 220(1) has been adhered to by the enforcer who is bringing the application.'.

   

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—

    '(8A)   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.

    (8B)   Any reasonable expenses incurred by the OFT under subsection (8A) may be recovered by it (as a civil debt) from the person whose failure it has publicised.

    (8C)   For the purpose of the law of defamation the publication by the OFT of any failure to comply with an order made under subsection (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

161

*Clause     220,     page     157,     line     18,     leave out from '(1)' to 'Act' and insert 'Before the coming into force of this part of the'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable

151

*Clause     220,     page     157,     line     18,     leave out 'As soon as is reasonably practicable after the passing of this Act' and insert 'Before the coming into force of this part of the Act'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable
Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

152

*Clause     220,     page     157,     line     24,     leave out 'may' and insert 'must'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable
Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

153

*Clause     220,     page     157,     line     25,     leave out 'may' and insert 'must'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable
Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

154

*Clause     220,     page     157,     line     29,     leave out 'If' and insert 'When'.

   

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

162

*Clause     220,     page     157,     line     31,     leave out subsection (6) and insert—

    '(6)   The proposed advice and information must also relate to another general enforcer or a designated enforcer as it applies to the OFT under their part of the Act; These enforcers must be consulted in the preparation of the advice and information.'.


   

Dr Vincent Cable

137

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

   

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 Harry Barnes

123

Clause     20,     page     10,     line     35,     at end insert 'or

      (c) the creation of that situation has operated, or may be expected to operate, against the public interest.'.

   

Mr Harry Barnes

124

Clause     20,     page     10,     line     36,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr Harry Barnes

125

Clause     20,     page     11,     line     40,     at end add—

    '(8)   In determining for the purposes of this Part whether the creation of any situation has operated, or may be expected to operate, against the public interest, the decision-making authority shall take into account all matters which appear to it in the particular circumstances to be relevant and, among other things, still have regard to the desirability—

      (a) of maintaining and promoting effective competition between persons supplying goods and services in the United Kingdom;

      (b) of promoting the interests of consumers, purchasers and other users of goods and services in the United Kingdom in respect of the prices charged for them and in respect of their quality and the variety of goods and services supplied;

      (c) of promoting, through competition, the reduction of costs and the development and use of new techniques and new products, and of facilitating the entry of new competitors into existing markets;

      (d) of maintaining and promoting the balanced distribution of industry and employment in the United Kingdom; and

      (e) of maintaining and promoting competitive activity in markets outside the United Kingdom on the part of producers of goods, and of suppliers of goods and services, in the United Kingdom.'.

 
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