Amendments proposed to the Enterprise Bill - continued House of Commons

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Ms Secretary Hewitt

187

Page     237     [Schedule     11],     leave out lines 32 and 33 and insert 'for the words from the beginning to "suitable" there is substituted "There are to be members of the Commission appointed by the Secretary of State to form a panel of persons available".'.


   

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

14

Page     131,     line     22     [Clause     181],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   An individual is only guilty of an offence under subsection (1) if he dishonestly agrees with one or more other persons to make or implement or cause to be made or implemented agreements which fall within section 2 of the 1998 Act and do not meet the criteria in section 9 of the 1998 Act'.


   

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

209

Page     132,     line     6     [Clause     181],     at end insert 'and evidence that in circumstances where subsection (a) applies a bid made by A is abnormally low shall be evidence of "bid-rigging arrangements".'.

   

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

15

Page     132,     line     10     [Clause     181],     at end insert—

    '(8)   It shall be a defence to the offence in section 179(1), if the arrangements in question:

      (a) contribute to improving the production or distribution of goods or to promoting technical or economic progress, while allowing consumers a fair share of the resulting benefit, and which does not:

      (b) impose on the undertakings concerned restrictions which are not indispensable to the attainment of these objectives;

      (c) do not afford such undertakings the possibility of eliminating competition in respect of a substantial part of the products in question.'.

   

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

16

Page     132,     line     10     [Clause     181],     at end insert—

    '(9)   This section shall not enter into force until three years after the entry into force of the European Commission's reforms of Community competition law.'.


   

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

17

Page     133,     line     3     [Clause     183],     leave out 'to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

93

Page     134,     line     9     [Clause     186],     at end insert—

    '()   A notice under subsection (1) or (2) must indicate—

      (a) the subject matter and purpose of the investigation; and

      (b) the nature of the offences created by section 194.'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

94

Page     134,     line     11     [Clause     187],     leave out 'court' and insert 'High Court, or, in Scotland, by the procurator fiscal to the sheriff,'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

95

Page     134,     line     12     [Clause     187],     after 'judge' insert 'or the sheriff'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

96

Page     135,     line     3     [Clause     187],     leave out subsection (5).


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

97

Page     138,     line     41     [Clause     194],     leave out '7' and insert '5'.


   

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

74

Page     144,     line     22,     leave out Clause 199.


   

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

317

Page     145,     line     15     [Clause     200],     after 'rules' insert 'and Articles 3 and 4 of the Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000, which provide for the exclusion from the Chapter 1 prohibition in cases involving vertical agreements.'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

380

*Page     239,     line     40     [Schedule     13],     at end insert—

     '8A Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market ("Directive on electronic commerce").'


   

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

195

Page     147,     line     4     [Clause     204],     after '(2)', add 'or (2A) or (2B)'.

   

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

196

Page     147,     line     26     [Clause     204],     at end add—

    '(2A)   An act or omission or course of conduct falls within this subsection if it amounts to the abuse by the person in question ("the supplier") of his superior knowledge or bargaining strength so that he:

      (a) unfairly induces consumers to enter into transactions which are not the result of free and informed decisions; or

      (b) unfairly hinders consumers from enforcing rights under any consumer transaction.

    (2B)   In considering whether an act, omission or course of conduct amounts to an abuse under subsection 2A, the court shall take into account all the circumstances, including the nature of the goods or services in question, the nature and extent of any commitments undertaken by the consumers in question and any lack of good faith on the part of the supplier, and the court may have regard to:

      (a) any representation made by the supplier, or failure to disclose information, which unreasonably prevents consumers from making adequate price or value comparisons between competing suppliers;

      (b) any exploitation by the supplier of consumers' inability to make free and informed decisions, or to enforce rights under contracts, because of physical or mental infirmity, inability to understand the language of the transaction or other vulnerability;

      (c) any failure by the supplier to comply with a consumer code of practice (as defined in section 8(4) of this Act) which he claims to follow;

      (d) any act or omission by the supplier which causes any unreasonable expense of time or money by consumers pursuing legitimate complaints or rights under contracts entered into with the supplier; and

      (e) any failure to keep consumers reasonably informed about matters relating to a contract for supply of services, or which might affect a decision whether or not to change suppliers.'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

375

*Page     148,     line     27     [Clause     206],     at end insert—

      '(c) the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland.'


   

Dr Vincent Cable
Alastair Carmichael
Dr John Pugh

373

*Page     150,     line     18     [Clause     208],     after 'a', insert 'domestic or a'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

376

*Page     150,     line     29     [Clause     208],     after 'Wales' insert 'or Northern Ireland'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

377

*Page     151,     line     32     [Clause     210],     leave out 'that subsection' and insert 'subsection (3) of that section'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

378

*Page     156,     line     12     [Clause     215],     leave out subsection (10) and insert—

    '(10)   A person is an associate of an individual if—

      (a) he is the spouse of the individual;

      (b) he is a relative of the individual;

      (c) he is a relative of the individual's spouse;

      (d) he is the spouse of a relative of the individual;

      (e) he is the spouse of a relative of the individual's spouse;

      (f) he lives in the same household as the individual otherwise than merely because he or the individual is the other's employer, tenant, lodger or boarder;

      (g) he is a relative of a person who is an associate of the individual by virtue of paragraph (f);

      (h) he has at some time in the past fallen within any of paragraphs (a) to (g).

    (11)   A person is also an associate of—

      (a) an individual with whom he is in partnership;

      (b) an individual who is an associate of the individual mentioned in paragraph (a);

      (c) a body corporate if he is a controller of it or he is an associate of a person who is a controller of the body corporate.

    (12)   A body corporate is an associate of another body corporate if—

      (a) the same person is a controller of both;

      (b) a person is a controller of one and persons who are his associates are controllers of the other;

      (c) a person is a controller of one and he and persons who are his associates are controllers of the other;

      (d) a group of two or more persons is a controller of each company and the groups consist of the same persons;

      (e) a group of two or more persons is a controller of each company and the groups may be regarded as consisting of the same persons by treating (in one or more cases) a member of either group as replaced by a person of whom he is an associate.

    (13)   A relative is a brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, lineal ancestor or lineal descendant.'

 
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