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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 5 July 2012

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [19 June 2012]

 


 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

70

 

Clause  18,  page  12,  line  38,  after ‘the’, insert ‘long-term’.

 


 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

73

 

Schedule  4,  page  60,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(1A)  

The Chair shall be subject to approval by a Select Committee of Parliament.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

71

 

Schedule  4,  page  60,  line  27,  after ‘one’, insert ‘and no more than three’.


 
 

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Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

72

 

Schedule  4,  page  60,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(8)  

Of the persons appointed to membership of the CMA Board under sub-

 

paragraph (1)(b) at least one must be a member of the Consumer Focus board

 

or other representative of consumers as designated by the Secretary of State.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

74

 

Schedule  4,  page  61,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(4)  

No member of the CMA shall receive remuneration that is more than 20 times

 

that of another member of the CMA.

 

      (5)  

No person shall hold any position set out in sub-paragraph 1(1) and sub-

 

paragraph 9(1) (the “chief executive”) for longer than a period of six months

 

without being in the direct employment of the CMA.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

75

 

Schedule  4,  page  62,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(2A)  

The Chief Executive shall be subject to approval by a Select Committee of

 

Parliament.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

78

 

Schedule  4,  page  62,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘11A      

The CMA is to have a unit dedicated to matters affecting competition issues

 

amongst small and medium-sized enterprises.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

76

 

Schedule  4,  page  62,  line  38,  after ‘financial’, insert ‘and human’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

77

 

Schedule  4,  page  62,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

set out the consumer benefit which will be achieved as a result of the

 

objectives and priorities as set out in 2(a).’.


 
 

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Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

79

 

Schedule  4,  page  62,  line  40,  at end add ‘and brought to the attention of the relevant

 

select committee.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

80

 

Schedule  4,  page  63,  line  23,  after ‘financial’, insert ‘and human’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

81

 

Schedule  4,  page  63,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

an assessment of the consumer benefit realised during the year;

 

(g)    

an assessment of the level of organisational separation between first

 

and second phase activities in the CMA;

 

(h)    

an assessment of the performance of each of the sector regulators in

 

using their competition powers to address competition issues in their

 

sector and any barriers identified.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

82

 

Schedule  4,  page  63,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

(i)    

an assessment of the adequacy of staff skills in relation to the

 

performance of the CMA’s functions;

 

(j)    

an estimate of the resource needed adequately to perform its functions

 

for the two financial years following the year in which the annual

 

report in 14(1) refers.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

84

 

Schedule  4,  page  63,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(2A)  

The first annual report of the CMA following Royal Assent must include an

 

assessment of transition costs in both financial and competition terms.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

83

 

Schedule  4,  page  64,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘Consumer research

 

16A(1)  

The CMA must make arrangements for ascertaining—


 
 

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(a)    

the state of public opinion about the manner in which financial

 

services are provided to consumers;

 

(b)    

the experiences of consumers in relation to the provision of financial

 

services;

 

(c)    

the experiences of such consumers in relation to the handling, by

 

institutions within the financial services sector, of complaints made to

 

them by such consumers;

 

(d)    

the experiences of such consumers in relation to the resolution of

 

disputes with institutions within the financial services sector; and

 

(e)    

the interests and experiences of such consumers in relation to other

 

matters that are incidental to, or are otherwise connected with, their

 

experiences of the provision of financial services or of the availability

 

of associated facilities.

 

      (2)  

The CMA shall consult with concurrent regulators where necessary.

 

      (3)  

The CMA shall publish the conclusions from research carried out under

 

section (1) every two years.

 

      (4)  

The CMA shall produce a report stating its conclusions and any

 

recommendations from section (1) to the Secretary of State every 2 years.

 

      (5)  

The Secretary of State shall publish a response to the report within 60 days.

 

      (6)  

Arrangements made by the CMA for the purposes of this section may include

 

arrangements for the carrying out of research in one or more of the following

 

ways—

 

(a)    

by members or employees of the CMA;

 

(b)    

by persons who are neither members nor employees of the CMA.

 

      (7)  

This section does not restrict the CMA’s power to make any arrangements they

 

consider to be incidental or conducive to the carrying out of any of their

 

functions.

 

16B(1)  

The CMA must make arrangements for ascertaining—

 

(a)    

the level of competition in the financial services sector; and

 

(b)    

the effects of the competition environment in the financial services

 

sector on

 

(i)    

the availability of finance to small and medium-sized

 

enterprises;

 

(ii)    

the availability of finance to high growth businesses;

 

(iii)    

the availability of finance to businesses in general.

 

      (2)  

The CMA shall consult with concurrent regulators where necessary.

 

      (3)  

The CMA shall publish the conclusions from research carried out under

 

section (1) every two years.

 

      (4)  

The CMA shall produce a report stating its conclusions and any

 

recommendations from section (1) to the Secretary of State every two years.

 

      (5)  

The Secretary of State shall publish a response to the report within 60 days.

 

      (6)  

Arrangements made by the CMA for the purposes of this section may include

 

arrangements for the carrying out of research in one or more of the following

 

ways—

 

(a)    

by members or employees of the CMA;

 

(b)    

by persons who are neither members nor employees of the CMA.

 

      (7)  

This section does not restrict the CMA’s power to make any arrangements they

 

consider to be incidental or conducive to the carrying out of any of their

 

functions.’.


 
 

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Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

90

 

Schedule  4,  page  67,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(2A)  

No person who participated in the CMA Board’s consideration of whether to

 

refer the matter to the chair shall form part of a group selected by the chair to

 

investigate the matter.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

85

 

Schedule  4,  page  68,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

at least three persons (“specialist consumer competition panel

 

members”) appointed to the CMA panel under paragraph 1(1)(b) for

 

the purpose of being available for selection as members of a group

 

constituted to carry out specialist consumer competition welfare

 

functions on behalf of the CMA;

 

(g)    

at least three persons (“specialist financial competition panel

 

members”) appointed to the CMA panel under paragraph 1(1)(b) for

 

the purpose of being available for selection as members of a group

 

constituted to carry out specialist financial services competition

 

functions on behalf of the CMA.’.

 


 

Norman Lamb

 

21

 

Schedule  5,  page  79,  line  39,  leave out paragraph 32 and insert—

 

‘32(1)  

Section 52 (advice and information) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1), for the words from the beginning to “the Director” substitute

 

“The CMA”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (1A), for the words from the beginning to “the OFT” substitute

 

“The CMA”.

 

      (4)  

In subsections (2) to (6) and (8), for “OFT” (in each place where it occurs)

 

substitute “CMA”.’.

 

Norman Lamb

 

22

 

Schedule  5,  page  81,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘          

In Schedule 2 (exclusions: other competition scrutiny), in Part 3, in paragraph

 

5(3)(a), for “Director” substitute “CMA”.’.

 

Norman Lamb

 

23

 

Schedule  5,  page  87,  leave out line 28.


 
 

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Norman Lamb

 

24

 

Schedule  5,  page  89,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

after “(6)” insert “—

 

(a)    

”.’.

 

Norman Lamb

 

25

 

Schedule  5,  page  89,  line  13,  at end insert ‘, and

 

( )    

at the end insert “; and

 

(b)    

for the purposes of section 34C, the group constituted

 

in consequence of the reference under section 45 is to

 

be treated as if it were constituted in consequence of

 

a reference under section 22 or (as the case may be)

 

33.”’.

 


 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

88

 

Clause  21,  page  17,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘(13)    

No member involved in the decision making process shall have taken any part in

 

the phase one investigation.’.

 


 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

61

 

Schedule  12,  page  188,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the resources which will be assigned to the market study.’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

62

 

Schedule  12,  page  188,  line  35,  leave out ‘6’ and insert ‘3’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

65

 

Schedule  12,  page  188,  line  35,  leave out ‘6’ and insert ‘12’.


 
 

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Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

63

 

Schedule  12,  page  189,  line  32,  leave out ‘6’ and insert ‘3’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

66

 

Schedule  12,  page  189,  line  32,  leave out ‘6’ and insert ‘12’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

64

 

Schedule  12,  page  189,  line  41,  leave out ‘6’ and insert ‘3’.

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Chi Onwurah

 

67

 

Schedule  12,  page  189,  line  41,  leave out ‘6’ and insert ‘12’.

 

Norman Lamb

 

26

 

Schedule  12,  page  193,  line  15,  after ‘if’, insert ‘the CMA has accepted an

 

undertaking or group of undertakings under section 154 and’.

 

Norman Lamb

 

27

 

Schedule  12,  page  193,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

      ‘()  

In subsection (1), after paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(aa)    

any decision not to make a reference under section 131

 

following a consultation in relation to the matter concerned

 

under section 169;”’.

 

Norman Lamb

 

28

 

Schedule  12,  page  194,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘          

In section 179 (review of decisions under Part 4), in subsection (2), before

 

paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(za)    

does not include a decision whether to carry out functions

 

under section 5 in a case where the CMA is, or would have

 

been, required to publish a market study notice (see section

 

130A(1));”.’.

 



 
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