Financial Services and Markets Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART I, THE REGULATOR - continued

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Arrangements for consulting practitioners and consumers
The Authority's general duty to consult.     7. The Authority must make and maintain effective arrangements for consulting practitioners and consumers on the extent to which its general policies and practices are consistent with its general duties under section 2.
 
The Practitioner Panel.     8. - (1) Arrangements under section 7 must include the establishment and maintenance of a panel of persons (to be known as "the Practitioner Panel") to represent the interests of practitioners.
 
      (2) The Authority must appoint one of the members of the Practitioner Panel to be its chairman.
 
      (3) The Treasury's approval is required for the appointment or dismissal of the chairman.
 
      (4) The Authority must have regard to any representations made to it by the Practitioner Panel.
 
      (5) The Authority must appoint to the Practitioner Panel such-
 
 
    (a) individuals who are authorised persons,
 
    (b) persons representing authorised persons,
 
    (c) persons representing recognised investment exchanges, and
 
    (d) persons representing recognised clearing houses,
  as it considers appropriate.
 
The Consumer Panel.     9. - (1) Arrangements under section 7 must include the establishment and maintenance of a panel of persons (to be known as "the Consumer Panel") to represent the interests of consumers.
 
      (2) The Authority must appoint one of the members of the Consumer Panel to be its chairman.
 
      (3) The Treasury's approval is required for the appointment or dismissal of the chairman.
 
      (4) The Authority must have regard to any representations made to it by the Consumer Panel.
 
      (5) The Authority must appoint to the Consumer Panel such consumers, or persons representing the interests of consumers, as it considers appropriate.
 
      (6) The Authority must secure that the membership of the Consumer Panel is such as to give a fair degree of representation to those who are using, or contemplating using, services otherwise than in connection with businesses carried on by them.
 
      (7) "Consumers" means persons, other than authorised persons, who use, or are or may be contemplating using, services provided by authorised persons in the course of carrying on regulated activities.
 
 
Reviews
Reviews.     10. - (1) The Treasury may appoint an independent person to conduct a review of the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which the Authority has used its resources in discharging its functions.
 
      (2) A review may be limited by the Treasury to such functions of the Authority (however described) as the Treasury may specify in appointing the person to conduct it.
 
      (3) A review is not to be concerned with the merits of the Authority's general policy or principles in pursuing regulatory objectives.
 
      (4) On completion of a review, the person conducting it must make a written report to the Treasury-
 
 
    (a) setting out the result of the review; and
 
    (b) making such recommendations (if any) as he considers appropriate.
      (5) A copy of the report must be-
 
 
    (a) laid before each House of Parliament; and
 
    (b) published in such manner as the Treasury consider appropriate.
      (6) Any expenses reasonably incurred in the conduct of a review are to be met by the Treasury out of money provided by Parliament.
 
      (7) "Independent" means appearing to the Treasury to be independent of the Authority.
 
Right to obtain documents and information.     11. - (1) A person conducting a review under section 10-
 
 
    (a) has a right of access at any reasonable time to all such documents as he may reasonably require for purposes of the review; and
 
    (b) may require any person holding or accountable for any such document to provide such information and explanation as are reasonably necessary for that purpose.
      (2) Subsection (1) applies only to documents in the custody or under the control of the Authority.
 
      (3) An obligation imposed on a person as a result of the exercise of powers conferred by subsection (1) is enforceable by injunction or, in Scotland, by an order for specific performance under section 45 of the Court of Session Act 1988.
 
 
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