Problem communicating with remote server...

Session 2012 - 13
Internet Publications
Other Bills before Parliament


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 December 2012                  

26

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

25

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  5,  line  28,  at end add—

 

‘( )    

The Independent Review Panel shall be chaired by a judge of the High Court or

 

the Court of Session and comprise—

 

(a)    

a representative of the retail sector;

 

(b)    

a representative of the supply sector; and

 

(c)    

a consumer representative.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

57

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  5,  line  37,  after ‘under’, insert ‘section 9 or’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

58

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  5,  line  38,  leave out ‘that’ and insert ‘the relevant’.

 

Jo Swinson

 

11

 

Clause  15,  page  5,  line  38 ,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

A review may consider whether it would be desirable to amend or replace the

 

order for the time being in force under section 9(7).’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

54

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  6,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(h)    

the relevant Ministers of the Devolved Administrations.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

55

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  6,  line  18,  leave out subsection (10).

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

26

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  18,  page  7,  line  30,  after ‘Adjudicator’, insert ‘or the Deputy Adjudicator or

 

any person acting on the Adjudicator’s behalf’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

27

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  18,  page  7,  line  30,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 December 2012                  

27

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

28

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  18,  page  7,  line  36,  after ‘Adjudicator’, insert ‘or the Deputy Adjudicator or

 

any person acting on the Adjudicator’s behalf’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

29

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  18,  page  7,  line  36,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

59

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  18,  page  7,  line  37,  leave out from ‘Adjudicator’ to end and insert ‘should

 

reasonably believe could cause the identity of the complainant to be revealed’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

30

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  18,  page  7,  line  42,  after ‘Adjudicator’, insert ‘or the Deputy Adjudicator or

 

any person acting on the Adjudicator’s behalf’.

 

Andrew George

 

17

 

Clause  18,  page  7,  line  43,  leave out paragraphs (b) and (c).

 

Andrew George

 

18

 

Clause  18,  page  8,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

Notwithstanding subsection (3), the Adjudicator shall, before permitting any

 

disclosure of the identity of any complainant or provider of information to the

 

Adjudicator, take all practical steps to protect the identity of that person by

 

redacting, anonymising and where appropriate otherwise limiting the disclosure

 

of identifying information to any third party and further by obtaining binding

 

undertakings of non-disclosure from any person to whom identifying information

 

is disclosed.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

31

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  18,  page  8,  line  9,  at end add—

 

‘( )    

Any person who, in contravention of this section knowingly discloses any

 

information obtained when employed by, or acting on behalf of, the Adjudicator

 

is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine.’.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 December 2012                  

28

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

60

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  19,  page  8,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

Notwithstanding section 25, the Adjudicator must publish the criteria as set out

 

in subsection (5) within three months of this Act coming into force’.

 


 

Jo Swinson

 

12

 

Clause  23,  page  10 ,  line  21,  leave out ‘9(1) or’.

 


 

Jo Swinson

 

13

 

Clause  26,  page  11,  line  3,  leave out subsection (2).

 


 

Mr Adrian Bailey

 

Mr Robin Walker

 

1

 

Schedule  1,  page  12,  line  8,  at end insert ‘following a pre-appointment hearing by

 

the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee of the House of Commons.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

62

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  1,  page  12,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(4)  

The Adjudicator’s appointment will also be subject to approval by—

 

(a)    

the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee; and

 

(b)    

the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee; or

 

(c)    

their respective successor committees from time to time.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

32

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  1,  page  13,  line  1,  leave out from ‘with’ to end of line 2 and insert ‘for the

 

appointment of staff’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

33

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  1,  page  13,  line  16,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert

 

‘Adjudicator’.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 December 2012                  

29

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

34

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  1,  page  13,  line  17,  leave out ‘if asked to do so by the Adjudicator’.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

63

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Page  15,  line  36,  leave out Schedule 3.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

64

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  3,  page  15,  line  39,  leave out ‘if’ and insert—

 

    ‘(1)  

If the Secretary of State thinks that the Adjudicator’s other powers are

 

inadequate; and

 

      (2)  

has given due regard to the relevant Ministers in the Devolved

 

Administrations.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

65

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  3,  page  16,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(h)    

consult with the relevant Minister in the Devolved Administrations.’.

 

Jo Swinson

 

14

 

Page  15,  line  36,  leave out Schedule 3.

 


 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Victimisation

 

Andrew George

 

NC1

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A large retailer (A) which is alleged to have broken the Groceries Code victimises

 

another person (B) if A subjects B to a detriment because:

 

(a)    

B does a protected act; or

 

(b)    

A believes that B has done, may have done, or may do, a protected act.

 

(2)    

Each of the following is a protected act:


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 December 2012                  

30

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(a)    

giving evidence of information in connection with proceedings under this

 

Act;

 

(b)    

doing any other thing for the purposes of or in connection with this Act;

 

(c)    

making an allegation (whether or not express) that A or another person

 

has broken the Groceries Code or contravened this Act.

 

(3)    

Giving false evidence or information, or making a false allegation, is not a

 

protected act if the evidence or information is given, or the allegation is made, in

 

bad faith.

 

(4)    

This section applies regardless of whether the person subjected to a detriment is

 

an individual or a company.

 

(5)    

A county court or, in Scotland, the sheriff, has jurisdiction to determine a claim

 

relating to an alleged claim of victimisation as defined in this section.

 

(6)    

Civil proceedings on a claim alleging victimisation may not be brought after the

 

end of:

 

(a)    

six months starting with the date of the act to which the claim relates; or

 

(b)    

such other period as the county court or sheriff thinks just and equitable.

 

(7)    

On proceedings under this section the county court and the sheriff have power to

 

grant any remedy which could be granted by the High Court:

 

(a)    

in proceedings in tort;

 

(b)    

on a claim for judicial review.

 

(8)    

An award of damages under this section may include compensation for injured

 

feelings (whether or not it includes compensation on any other basis) and for loss

 

of revenue.

 

(9)    

Victimisation under this section shall also be a criminal offence.

 

(10)    

A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on conviction to a

 

fine not exceeding £1,000,000 or such other amount as the Secretary of State shall

 

determine by order in statutory instrument of which a draft shall be laid before

 

and approved by resolution of both Houses of Parliament.’.

 


 

Extension of groceries code

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

NC2

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In advance of each annual report prepared under section 14, the Adjudicator shall

 

consider any information received in the preceding year concerning supply

 

relations between suppliers and third parties (intermediaries) who on onward

 

suppliers to large retailers;

 

(2)    

If under subsection (1), the Adjudicator has information of incidents that, were

 

they to have occurred between a supplier and a large retailer, would have

 

constituted a breach of the Groceries Code, the Adjudicator shall consider and

 

make recommendations on whether the pattern of such incidents merits an

 

extension of the Groceries Code to such intermediaries and therefore a

 

redefinition of “direct supplier” in the Groceries Code;

 

(3)    

In advance of every third annual report prepared under section 14, the

 

Adjudicator shall consider any information received in the preceding three-year


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 December 2012                  

31

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

period concerning supply relations between suppliers and third party onward

 

suppliers not covered by subsection (2);

 

(4)    

If under subsection (3) the Adjudicator has information of incidents that, were

 

they to have occurred between a supplier and a large retailer, would have

 

constituted a breach of the Groceries Code, the Adjudicator shall consider and

 

make recommendations on whether the pattern of such incidents merits an

 

extension of the Groceries Code to such intermediaries.’.

 


 

Sunsetting provisions and replacement of current code on statutory footing

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

NC3

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Within three years of this Act coming into force, the Competition Commission

 

shall conduct a review of the effectiveness of the Act’s provisions with regard to

 

levels of compliance with the Groceries Code.

 

(2)    

If the review finds that the levels of compliance are unsatisfactory, the Secretary

 

of State shall prepare and lay before Parliament regulations containing analogous

 

provisions to those in the Groceries Code, thereby giving statutory effect to the

 

Code.

 

(3)    

“Levels of compliance” as referred to in section (1) shall be deemed

 

unsatisfactory if (without limitation) they have not improved since the bringing

 

into force of the Act.

 

(4)    

The Groceries Supply Code of Practice shall thereby be revoked.

 

(5)    

Where the Secretary of State proposes to issue or revise a code of practice under

 

subsection (2), he shall prepare a draft of the code (or revised code).

 

(6)    

The Secretary of State shall consult the following about the draft—

 

(a)    

The Competition Commission;

 

(b)    

The Office of Fair Trading;

 

(c)    

The retailers mentioned in Article 4(1)(a) and (b) of the Groceries Supply

 

Order;

 

(d)    

one or more persons appearing to the Secretary of State to represent the

 

interests of suppliers;

 

(e)    

one or more persons appearing to the Secretary of State to represent the

 

interests of consumers; and

 

(f)    

any other person the Secretary of State thinks appropriate.

 

(7)    

If the Secretary of State determines to proceed with the draft (either in its original

 

form or with modifications) he shall lay the draft before Parliament in the form

 

of regulations.

 

(8)    

Such regulations shall be made by Statutory Instrument and may only be made if

 

a draft of them has been laid before and approved by resolution of both Houses

 

of Parliament.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 December 2012                  

32

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(9)    

A code (or revised code) issued under subsection (6) shall come into force on such

 

date as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument

 

appoint.’.

 


 

Andrew George

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Ian Murray

 

36

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Title,  line  2,  after ‘Code’, insert ‘monitoring it’.

 

 

Order of the House [19 NOVEMBER 2012]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

 

[Lords]:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 6 December 2012.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

5.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

6.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading.

 

Other proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on

 

consideration of any message from the Lords) may be programmed.

 

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2)

 

That the Order of 19 November 2012 (Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords]

 

(Programme)) be varied as follows:

 

In paragraph 2 (conclusion of proceedings in Public Bill Committee), for “Thursday 6

 

December”, substitute “Tuesday 18 December”.

 


 
previous section contents continue
 

© Parliamentary copyright
Revised 10 December 2012