Amendments proposed to the Enterprise Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Fees: further provision
   

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

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

       '.—The following shall be inserted after section 415(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (Fees orders (individual insolvency proceedings in England and Wales))—

          "(3A)   An order under this section shall provide for:

          (a) exemption from any fees payable under this section by applicants who, at the time when a fee would otherwise be payable, are in receipt of income support, income-based jobseekers allowance, working families tax credit or disabled persons tax credit (working tax credit and pension tax credit from April 2003) and any other benefit that the Secretary of State may by order specify;

          (b) remission of all or part of any fees payable under this section where the Secretary of State considers that the payment of any fees payable under this section would, owing to the exceptional circumstances of the particular case, cause undue financial hardship;

          (c) a reduction in the fees payable under this section where:

          (i) two or more people living the same household petition for bankruptcy at the same time, and

          (ii) they are jointly and severally liable for at least one debt in both petitions;

          (d) payment of any fees payable under this section by instalments.".'.


Use of fines by OFT
   

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

Dr Vincent CableMr Alastair CarmichaelDr John Pugh

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1)   The OFT will consider whether any fines which it imposes under Chapter I or Chapter II of the 1998 Act might be applied for any purpose or purposes which would contribute towards remedying harm suffered by consumers generally as a result of the infringement of those provisions.

    (2)   The OFT may in pursuance of subsection (1), make such direction as it considers appropriate.'.


Excisions from reports: Part 3
   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

NC4

*To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Subsection (2) applies where the Secretary of State is under a duty to publish—

      (a) a report of the OFT under section 43 or 60; or

      (b) a report of the Commission under section 49 or 64.

    (2)   The Secretary of State may exclude a matter from the report concerned if he considers that publication of the matter would be inappropriate.

    (3)   In deciding what is inappropriate for the purposes of subsection (2) the Secretary of State shall have regard to the considerations mentioned in section 238.

    (4)   The body which has prepared the report shall advise the Secretary of State as to the matters (if any) which it considers should be excluded by him under subsection (2).

    (5)   References in sections 37(4) and 104(11) to the giving or laying of a report of the Commission shall be construed as references to the giving or laying of the report as published.'.


Excisions from reports: Part 4
   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

NC5

*To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Subsection (2) applies where the Secretary of State is under a duty to publish a report of the Commission under section 136.

    (2)   The Secretary of State may exclude a matter from the report if he considers that publication of the matter would be inappropriate.

    (3)   In deciding what is inappropriate for the purposes of subsection (2) the Secretary of State shall have regard to the considerations mentioned in section 238.

    (4)   The Commission shall advise the Secretary of State as to the matters (if any) which it considers should be excluded by him under subsection (2).

    (5)   References in sections 130(4) to (6), 137(2) and (5) to (7), 142(3) to (5) and 166(10) to the giving or laying of a report of the Commission shall be construed as references to the giving or laying of the report as published.'.


   

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

1

Page     185,     line     6     [Schedule     1],     at end insert 'of which at least 50 per cent. will be currently active in industry or commerce at the time of their appointment'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

89

Page     186,     line     19     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

    '(2)   Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to any document which is, or is to be, signed in accordance with the law of Scotland.'.


   

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

2

Page     2,     line     24     [Clause     4],     at end insert 'and

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

   

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

3

Page     2,     line     24     [Clause     4],     at end insert 'and

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

   

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

4

Page     2,     line     26     [Clause     4],     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.'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

156

Page     2,     line     31     [Clause     4],     leave out subsection (5).

   

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

5

Page     2,     line     32     [Clause     4],     leave out 'so far as is practicable'.

   

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

6

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


   

Dr Vincent Cable
Alastair Carmichael
Dr John Pugh

199

Page     3,     line     2     [Clause     5],     after 'information', insert 'in particular as to the suspected breach of section 181 (Cartel offence) and conduct of any person who, in the course of business, makes an exclusive supply of any goods or services in the United Kingdom or a part of the United Kingdom'.


   

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr John Cummings
John McDonnell
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr Harold Best
Mr Alan Simpson

Mr Mike WoodLlew SmithMr Robert Wareing
Mr George GallowayMrs Ann CryerLynne Jones
Frank Cook

210

Page     3,     line     9     [Clause     6],     after 'consumers', insert 'and producers'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

157

Page     3,     line     17     [Clause     6],     leave out subsection (3).

   

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

7

Page     3,     line     18     [Clause     6],     leave out 'so far as is practicable'.

   

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

8

Page     3,     line     20     [Clause     6],     leave out 'seriously and prejudicially affect the' and insert 'significantly harm the legitimate business'.


   

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

9

Page     3,     line     32     [Clause     7],     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 Harry Barnes
Mr John Cummings
John McDonnell
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr Harold Best
Mr Alan Simpson

Mr Mike WoodLlew SmithMr Robert Wareing
Mr George GallowayMrs Ann CryerLynne Jones
Frank Cook

211

Page     3,     line     35     [Clause     8],     after 'consumers', insert 'and producers'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

223

*Page     3,     line     37      [Clause     8],     leave out subsections (2) to (5) and insert—

    '(2)   In carrying out that function the OFT may (without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1)) make arrangements for approving consumer codes and may, in accordance with the arrangements, give its approval to or withdraw its approval from any consumer code.

    (3)   Any such arrangements must specify the criteria to be applied by the OFT in determining whether to give approval to or withdraw approval from a consumer code.

    (4)   Any such arrangements may in particular—

      (a) specify descriptions of consumer code which may be the subject of an application to the OFT for approval (and any such description may be framed by reference to any feature of a consumer code, including the persons who are, or are to be, subject to the code, the manner in which it is, or is to be, operated and the persons responsible for its operation); and

      (b) provide for the use in accordance with the arrangements of an official symbol intended to signify that a consumer code is approved by the OFT.

    (5)   The OFT shall publish any arrangements under subsection (2) in such manner it considers appropriate.

    (6)   In this section "consumer code" means a code of practice or other document (however described) intended, with a view to safeguarding or promoting the interests of consumers, to regulate by any means the conduct of persons engaged in the supply of goods or services to consumers (or the conduct of their employees or representatives).'.

 
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