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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 25th April 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE B


ENTERPRISE BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee (16th April).

   

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

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 Richard Page
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

211

Clause     20,     page     10,     line     33,     leave out from 'result' to end of line 35 and insert 'in the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition may have been significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.'.

   

Mr Harry Barnes
Alice Mahon
John McDonnell
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
David Hamilton
Ms Diane Abbott

John CryerMr Alan SimpsonMr Harold Best
Jeremy CorbynMr Dennis SkinnerNr Robert N. Wareing
Lynne JonesMr Terry LewisMr Michael Clapham
Andrew McKinleyMr George GallowayMr Neil Gerrard

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
Alice Mahon
John McDonnell
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
David Hamilton
Ms Diane Abbott

John CryerMr Alan SimpsonMr Harold Best
Jeremy CorbynMr Dennis SkinnerNr Robert N. Wareing
Lynne JonesMr Terry LewisMr Michael Clapham
Andrew McKinleyMr George GallowayMr Neil Gerrard

124

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

   

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

213

Clause     20,     page     11,     line     1,     after 'customer', insert 'and supplier'.

   

Miss Melanie Johnson

176

Clause     20,     page     11,     line     2,     after 'outweigh' insert 'the substantial lessening of competition concerned and'.

   

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

214

Clause     20,     page     11,     line     3,     at end insert—

      '(c) the enterprise which is the subject of the proposed merger will become insolvent within the immediate future; the market shares of the enterprise would in any event go to the acquiring party; and there is no less anti-competitive way of selling the company.'.

   

Mr Harry Barnes
Alice Mahon
John McDonnell
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
David Hamilton
Ms Diane Abbott

John CryerMr Alan SimpsonMr Harold Best
Jeremy CorbynMr Dennis SkinnerNr Robert N. Wareing
Lynne JonesMr Terry LewisMr Michael Clapham
Andrew McKinleyMr George GallowayMr Neil Gerrard

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, shall 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.'.

   

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

212

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

    '(8)   The Secretary of State shall make regulations to define "sufficient importance" within the meaning of subsection (2)(a).'.


   

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

215

Clause     21,     page     11,     line     46,     leave out '45' and insert '70'.

   

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'.

   

Dr Vincent Cable
Mr Alistair Carmichael
Dr John Pugh

131

Clause     21,     page     12,     line     7,     leave out from 'that' to end of line 46 and insert '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 Richard Page
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

216

Clause     21,     page     13,     line     6,     at end add—

    '(10)   Notwithstanding the above, a relevant merger situation shall not be deemed to have arisen for the purposes of this Part if the transaction in question has no effects (either actual or potential) in the United Kingdom or any part of it.'.


   

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

64

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

   

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

217

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     15,     leave out from 'result' to end of line 17 and insert 'in the creation or strengthening of a dominant position, as a result of which competition is likely to be significantly reduced within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.'.

   

Mr Harry Barnes
Alice Mahon
John McDonnell
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
David Hamilton
Ms Diane Abbott

John CryerMr Alan SimpsonMr Harold Best
Jeremy CorbynMr Dennis SkinnerMr Robert N. Wareing
Lynne JonesMr Terry LewisMr Michael Clapham
Andrew McKinleyMr George GallowayMr Neil Gerrard

126

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     17,     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
Alice Mahon
John McDonnell
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
David Hamilton
Ms Diane Abbott

John CryerMr Alan SimpsonMr Harold Best
Jeremy CorbynMr Dennis SkinnerNr Robert N. Wareing
Lynne JonesMr Terry LewisMr Michael Clapham
Andrew McKinleyMr George GallowayMr Neil Gerrard

127

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     18,     leave out subsection (2).

   

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

219

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     26,     after 'customer', insert 'and supplier'.

   

Miss Melanie Johnson

177

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     27,     after 'outweigh' insert 'the substantial lessening of competition concerned and'.

   

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

218

Clause     31,     page     19,     line     28,     at end insert—

      '(d) the enterprise which is the subject of the proposed merger will become insolvent within the immediate future; the market shares of the enterprise would in any event go to the acquiring party; and there is no less anti-competitive way of selling the company.'.

   

Mr Harry Barnes
Jeremy Corbyn
Mr Dennis Skinner
Mr Robert N. Wareing
Lynne Jones
Mr Terry Lewis

Mr Michael ClaphamAndrew McKinleyMr George Galloway
Mr Neil Gerrard

165

Clause     31,     page     20,     line     1,     at end add—

    '(5)   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, shall 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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