Financial Services and Markets Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART XIII, INCOMING FIRMS: INTERVENTION BY AUTHORITY - continued

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Effect of certain requirements on other persons.     194. If the Authority, in exercising its power of intervention, imposes on an incoming firm a requirement of a kind mentioned in subsection (3) of section 46, the requirement has the same effect in relation to the firm as it would have in relation to an authorised person if it had been imposed on the authorised person by the Authority acting under section 43.
 
Actions for damages.     195. If a person contravenes a requirement imposed on him by the Authority in the exercise of its power of intervention, section 141 applies to the contravention as it applies to a contravention mentioned in that section.
 
 
Powers of Director General of Fair Trading
Power to prohibit the carrying on of Consumer Credit Act business.     196. - (1) If it appears to the Director General of Fair Trading ("the Director") that subsection (4) has been, or is likely to be, contravened as respects a consumer credit EEA firm, he may by written notice given to the firm impose on the firm a consumer credit prohibition.
 
      (2) If it appears to the Director that a restriction imposed under section 197 on an EEA consumer credit firm has not been complied with, he may by written notice given to the firm impose a consumer credit prohibition.
 
      (3) "Consumer credit prohibition" means a prohibition on carrying on, or purporting to carry on, in the United Kingdom any Consumer Credit Act business which consists of or includes carrying on one or more listed activities.
 
      (4) This subsection is contravened as respects a firm if-
 
 
    (a) the firm or any of its employees, agents or associates (whether past or present), or
 
    (b) if the firm is a body corporate, any controller of the firm or an associate of any such controller,
  does any of the things specified in paragraphs (a) to (d) of section 25(2) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
 
      (5) A consumer credit prohibition may be absolute or may be imposed-
 
 
    (a) for such period,
 
    (b) until the occurrence of such event, or
 
    (c) until such conditions are complied with,
  as may be specified in the notice given under subsection (1) or (2).
 
      (6) Any period, event or condition so specified may be varied by the Director on the application of the firm concerned.
 
      (7) A consumer credit prohibition may be withdrawn by written notice served by the Director on the firm concerned, and any such notice takes effect on such date as is specified in the notice.
 
      (8) Schedule 15 has effect as respects consumer credit prohibitions and restrictions under section 197.
 
      (9) A firm contravening a prohibition under this section is guilty of an offence and liable-
 
 
    (a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;
 
    (b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine.
      (10) In this section and section 197-
 
 
    "a consumer credit EEA firm" means an EEA firm falling within any of paragraphs (a) to (c) of paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 whose EEA authorisation covers any Consumer Credit Act business;
 
    "Consumer Credit Act business" means consumer credit business, consumer hire business or ancillary credit business;
 
    "consumer credit business", "consumer hire business" and "ancillary credit business" have the same meaning as in the Consumer Credit Act 1974;
 
    "listed activity" means an activity listed in the Annex to the second banking co-ordination directive or the Annex to the investment services directive;
 
    "associate" has the same meaning as in section 25(2) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974;
 
    "controller" has the meaning given by section 189(1) of that Act.
Power to restrict the carrying on of Consumer Credit Act business.     197. - (1) In this section "restriction" means a direction that a consumer credit EEA firm may not carry on in the United Kingdom, otherwise than in accordance with such condition or conditions as may be specified in the direction, any Consumer Credit Act business which-
 
 
    (a) consists of or includes carrying on any listed activity; and
 
    (b) is specified in the direction.
      (2) If it appears to the Director that the situation as respects a consumer credit EEA firm is such that the powers conferred by section 196(1) are exercisable, the Director may, instead of imposing a prohibition, impose such restriction as appears to him desirable.
 
      (3) A restriction-
 
 
    (a) may be withdrawn, or
 
    (b) may be varied with the agreement of the firm concerned,
  by written notice served by the Director on the firm, and any such notice takes effect on such date as is specified in the notice.
 
      (4) A firm contravening a restriction is guilty of an offence and liable-
 
 
    (a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;
 
    (b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine.
 
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