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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 13 December 2012

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords]


 

[Third and Fourth Sittings]


 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  44

 

Clause  9,  page  3,  line  17,  leave out from ‘penalties’ to end of subsection (1).

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  2

 

Clause  9,  page  3,  line  17,  leave out subsection (1).

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  3

 

Clause  9,  page  3,  line  20,  leave out from ‘to’ to end of line 21 and insert ‘enforce

 

through imposing financial penalties, that means imposing a penalty on the large retailer

 

of an amount not exceeding the amount of the permitted maximum (see subsection (7)).’.

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  4

 

Clause  9,  page  3,  line  25 ,  leave out ‘and’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not called  45

 

Clause  9,  page  3,  line  26,  leave out from subsection (c) and insert—

 

‘(c)    

that it shall be paid within 28 days.’.

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  5

 

Clause  9,  page  3,  line  26 ,  at end insert ‘; and

 

( )    

how it must be paid.’.

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  6

 

Clause  9,  page  3,  line  34 ,  at end insert—

 

‘(7)    

The Secretary of State must make an order—

 

(a)    

specifying the amount of the permitted maximum, or


 
 

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Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(b)    

specifying how that amount is to be determined.

 

(8)    

The Adjudicator must, within 6 months beginning with the day on which

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section 1 comes into force, make a recommendation as to the amount that should

 

be specified in the first order under subsection (7) or the method for determining

 

the amount.

 

(9)    

Before making a recommendation the Adjudicator must consult any person he or

 

she thinks appropriate.

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(10)    

The Secretary of State—

 

(a)    

must have regard to the Adjudicator’s recommendation when making the

 

first order under subsection (7);

 

(b)    

may amend or replace an order under subsection (7) only if the Secretary

 

of State has considered whether to do so as part of a review under

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section 15.

 

(11)    

The Adjudicator may not impose a financial penalty in respect of a breach of the

 

Groceries Code that occurs before the first order under subsection (7) comes into

 

force.’.

 

As Amendments to Jo Swinson’s proposed Amendment (No. 6):—

 

Andrew George

 

Not called  (a)

 

Line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

The Secretary of State must make the order referred to in subsection (7) within 3

 

months of the Adjudicator making the recommendation referred to in subsection

 

(8).’.

 

Andrew George

 

Not called  (b)

 

Line  6,  leave out ‘or’ and insert ‘and’.

 

Andrew George

 

Not called  (c)

 

Line  8,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Andrew George

 

Not called  (d)

 

Line  18,  at end add ‘unless the breach started before, and continues after, that

 

date.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not called  64

 

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.’.


 
 

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Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not called  65

 

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

 

‘(h)    

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

 

Jo Swinson

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Out of Order  14

 

Page  15,  line  36,  leave out Schedule 3.

 

Schedule Disagreed to.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  46

 

Clause  10,  page  4,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

Costs do not form part of financial penalties as described in section 9.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  23

 

Clause  11,  page  4,  line  14,  after ‘to’, insert ‘the public,’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  7

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  20 ,  leave out ‘and’.

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  8

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  22 ,  at end insert ‘; and

 

(d)    

the criteria that the Adjudicator intends to adopt in deciding the amount

 

of any financial penalty under section 9.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not called  47

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  22,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘(d)    

the criteria that the Adjudicator intends to adopt in deciding whether to

 

impose financial penalties under section 9 together with maximium

 

penalty that may be imposed and how the maximum penalty is to be

 

calculated.’.

 

Andrew George

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Ian Murray

 

Withdrawn  39

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  25,  at end insert ‘including monitoring compliance with the

 

Groceries Code.’.

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  9

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  31 ,  leave out subsection (4).

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not called  48

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  31,  leave out from beginning to ‘penalties’ in line 32.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  49

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  37,  at end insert ‘including appropriate Ministers from the

 

Devolved Administrations.’.

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  10

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  39 ,  leave out ‘and (c)’ and insert ‘, (c) and (d)’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  50

 

Clause  12,  page  4,  line  39,  leave out ‘6’ and insert ‘3’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Andrew George

 

Not called  40

 

Clause  13,  page  5,  line  3,  after ‘Code’, insert ‘or the Groceries Supply Order.’.

 

Andrew George

 

Withdrawn  16

 

Clause  13,  page  5,  line  3,  at end add—

 

‘(2)    

In considering such changes, the Adjudicator shall review the territorial extent of

 

the Groceries Code, especially in relation to the activities of large retailers outside

 

the United Kingdom, such activities to include supplier trading practices and

 

activities undertaken by the subsidiaries of large retailers.’.


 
 

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Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  51

 

Clause  13,  page  5,  line  3,  at end add—

 

‘(2)    

The Office of Fair Trading shall be required to respond to the Adjudicator and

 

Secretary of State on the recommendations as set out in subsection (1) explaining

 

whether they will be acted upon or not.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Andrew George

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Ian Murray

 

Not called  41

 

Clause  14,  page  5,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the Adjudicator’s assessment of large retailers’ compliance with the

 

Groceries Code.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  52

 

Clause  14,  page  5,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the resources available to the Adjudicator.

 

(e)    

recommendations made to the Office of Fair Trading as set out in section

 

13.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not called  56

 

Clause  14,  page  5,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Adjudicator must consider in advance of each annual report whether to

 

recommend changes to the Groceries Code to the Office of Fair Trading.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  53

 

Clause  14,  page  5,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee;

 

(d)    

the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee;

 

(e)    

their respective successor committees from time to time; and

 

(f)    

the Devolved Administrations’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  24

 

Clause  15,  page  5,  line  27,  after ‘must’, insert ‘appoint an independent Review

 

Panel to’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not called  25

 

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

 

Not called  57

 

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

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Not called  58

 

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

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  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

 

Not called  54

 

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

 

‘(h)    

the relevant Ministers of the Devolved Administrations.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

Withdrawn  55

 

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

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 16 and 17 Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned until Tuesday 18 December at 8.55 am


 
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