Financial Services and Markets Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART VIII, PENALTIES FOR MARKET ABUSE - continued

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Miscellaneous
Suspension of investigations.     125. - (1) If the Authority considers it desirable or expedient because of the exercise or possible exercise of a power relating to market abuse, it may direct a recognised investment exchange or recognised clearing house-
 
 
    (a) to terminate, suspend or limit the scope of any inquiry which the exchange or clearing house is conducting under its rules; or
 
    (b) not to conduct an inquiry which the exchange or clearing house proposes to conduct under its rules.
      (2) A direction under this section-
 
 
    (a) must be given to the exchange or clearing house concerned by notice in writing; and
 
    (b) is enforceable, on the application of the Authority, by injunction or, in Scotland, by an order under section 45 of the Court of Session Act 1988.
      (3) The Authority's powers relating to market abuse are its powers-
 
 
    (a) to impose penalties under section 119; or
 
    (b) to appoint a person to conduct an investigation under section 164 in a case falling within subsection (2)(d) of that section.
Power of court to impose penalty in cases of market abuse.     126. - (1) The Authority may on an application to the court under section 375 or 377 request the court to consider whether the circumstances are such that a penalty should be imposed on the person to whom the application relates.
 
      (2) The court may, if it considers it appropriate, make an order requiring the person concerned to pay to the Authority a penalty of such amount as it considers appropriate.
 
Guidance.     127. - (1) The Treasury may from time to time issue written guidance for the purpose of helping relevant authorities to determine the action to be taken in cases where behaviour occurs which is behaviour-
 
 
    (a) with respect to which the power in section 119 appears to be exercisable; and
 
    (b) which appears to involve the commission of an offence under section 392 of this Act or Part V of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 (insider dealing).
      (2) The Treasury must obtain the consent of the Attorney General and the Secretary of State before issuing any guidance under this section.
 
      (3) In this section "relevant authority"-
 
 
    (a) in relation to England and Wales, means the Secretary of State, the Authority, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and the Director of Public Prosecutions;
 
    (b) in relation to Northern Ireland, means the Secretary of State, the Authority, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.
      (4) Subsections (1) to (3) do not apply to Scotland.
 
      (5) In relation to Scotland, the Lord Advocate may from time to time, after consultation with the Treasury, issue written guidance for the purpose of helping the Authority to determine the action to be taken in cases where behaviour mentioned in subsection (1) occurs.
 
Effect on transactions.     128. The imposition of a penalty under this Part does not make any transaction void or unenforceable.
 
 
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