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given up to and including

 

Friday 22 February 2013

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords], As Amended


 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Exception for suppliers with high turnover

 

Philip Davies

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Suppliers are not allowed to refer cases to the Adjudicator and cannot have cases

 

referred on their behalf if their turnover exceeds £500 million per annum.’.

 


 

Supplier turnover

 

Philip Davies

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Suppliers are not allowed to refer cases to the Adjudicator and cannot have cases

 

referred on their behalf if their turnover exceeds £1bn per annum.’.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 22 February 2013                  

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Sunsetting

 

Philip Davies

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘This Bill will expire in seven years from the date it receives Royal Assent.’.

 


 

Supplier headquarters

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Suppliers are not allowed to refer cases to the Adjudicator and cannot have cases

 

referred on their behalf if they have their principal headquarters outside the

 

European Union.’.

 


 

Supply source

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The provisions of this Act shall not apply to any supplies which are produced,

 

manufactured or processed, in whole or in part, outside the European Union.’.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

10

 

Page  2,  line  13  [Clause  4],  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

The Adjudicator must ensure that investigations are conducted in a timely

 

manner.’.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

24

 

Page  3,  line  15  [Clause  8],  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

The large retailer may appeal against the requirement to publish information—

 

(a)    

to the High Court, in England and Wales or Northern Ireland; or

 

(b)    

to the Court of Session, in Scotland.’.


 
 

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Philip Davies

 

11

 

Page  3,  line  35  [Clause  9],  after ‘maximum’, insert ‘not exceeding £250,000’.

 

Philip Davies

 

12

 

Page  3,  line  37  [Clause  9],  leave out subsection (7).

 

Philip Davies

 

13

 

Page  3,  line  41  [Clause  9],  leave out subsection (8).

 


 

Philip Davies

 

14

 

Page  4,  line  1  [Clause  9],  leave out paragraph (a).

 

Philip Davies

 

15

 

Page  4,  line  10  [Clause  10],  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 

Philip Davies

 

16

 

Page  4,  line  12  [Clause  10],  after ‘Code’, insert ‘and it must be a minimum of 20

 

per cent of the full cost’.

 

Philip Davies

 

17

 

Page  4,  line  13  [Clause  10],  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 

Philip Davies

 

18

 

Page  4,  line  16  [Clause  10],  after ‘merit’, insert ‘and it must be a minimum of 20

 

per cent of the full cost’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

28

 

Page  4,  line  32  [Clause  12],  at end insert—

 

‘(a)    

the nature and type of arbitrations to be conducted under section 3

 

including:

 

(i)    

the law applicable to an arbitration; and

 

(ii)    

where the arbitration should be conducted.’.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 22 February 2013                  

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Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Sheryll Murray

 

Neil Parish

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Total signatories: 7

 

4

 

Page  4,  line  40  [Clause  12],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The guidance must make clear that the Adjudicator may decide to carry out an

 

investigation based on—

 

(a)    

information in the public domain;

 

(b)    

information provided by a supplier;

 

(c)    

information provided by a person who obtained the information at a time

 

when the person was a worker employed by the supplier in question or a

 

company in the same group;

 

(d)    

information provided by a large retailer;

 

(e)    

information provided by a person who obtained the information at a time

 

when the person was a worker employed by the retailer in question or a

 

company in the same group;

 

(f)    

information provided by a relevant trade body;

 

(g)    

his own initiative.’.

 


 

John McDonnell

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

3

 

Page  5,  line  18  [Clause  13],  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

The Office of Fair Trading shall be required to publish a response to the

 

Adjudicator on the recommendations set out in subsection (1) explaining whether

 

they will be acted upon or not.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

30

 

Page  5,  line  18  [Clause  13],  at end add—

 

‘(3)    

In assessing changes that could be made to the Code, the Adjudicator shall give

 

due consideration to—

 

(a)    

the territorial extent of the Code, especially in relation to activities of

 

large retailers outwith the UK, including work done by subsidiaries of

 

large retailers;

 

(b)    

whether intermediaries in the supply chain should be covered.’.


 
 

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Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Page  5,  line  18  [Clause  13],  at end add—

 

‘(3)    

In assessing changes that could be made to the Code, the Adjudicator shall give

 

due consideration to—

 

(a)    

the territorial extent of the Code, especially in relation to activities of

 

large retailers outwith the UK, including work done by subsidiaries of

 

large retailers;

 

(b)    

whether intermediaries in the supply chain should be covered.’.

 

Philip Davies

 

25

 

Page  5,  line  27  [Clause  14],  at end add—

 

‘(d)    

all costs incurred by the Adjudicator.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

1

 

Page  5,  line  29  [Clause  14],  after ‘followed’, insert ‘and whether any further

 

enforcement measures are to be taken in order to secure compliance with the code’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

34

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  5,  line  31  [Clause  14],  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

The report must include details of any incidents that have come to the

 

Adjudicator’s attention during the reporting period in which breaches of the

 

Groceries Code or commercial pressure on retailers have led or may have led to

 

actual or potential cases of compromised—

 

(a)    

food safety;

 

(b)    

food hygiene; and

 

(c)    

food authenticity.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

35

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  5,  line  34  [Clause  14],  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

the Food Standards Agency.’.

 


 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

7

 

Page  6,  line  13  [Clause  15],  leave out subsection (5) and insert—

 

‘(5)    

The review must also consider whether it would be desirable—

 

(a)    

for an order to be made under subsection (10A) (if no order under that

 

subsection is in force), or

 

(b)    

for any order under that subsection to be revoked.’.


 
 

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Secretary Vince Cable

 

8

 

Page  6  [Clause  15],  leave out lines 34 to 36 and insert—

 

‘(10A)    

The Secretary of State may by order provide that this Act has effect as if the

 

section set out in subsection (11) below were inserted after section 4.

 

(10B)    

An order under subsection (10A)—

 

(a)    

may be made only if, as a result of the findings of a review, the Secretary

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of State thinks that making the order would enable the Adjudicator to be

 

more effective;

 

(b)    

may be revoked only if, as a result of the findings of a review, the

 

Secretary of State thinks that revoking the order would not impair the

 

Adjudicator’s effectiveness.

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(11)    

This is the section referred to in subsection (10A)—’.

 

As Amendments to Secretary Vince Cables’ proposed Amendment (No. 8):—

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

(a)

 

Line  6,  after ‘more’, insert ‘efficient and’.

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

(b)

 

Line  9,  after ‘Adjudicator’s’, insert ‘efficiency and’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Sheryll Murray

 

Neil Parish

 

Total signatories: 10

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Ian Murray

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

2

 

Page  6,  line  34  [Clause  15],  leave out subsection (11).

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Sheryll Murray

 

Neil Parish

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Total signatories: 7

 

5

 

Page  6,  line  41  [Clause  15],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

information provided by a relevant trade body;’.

 



 
 

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Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Sheryll Murray

 

Neil Parish

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Total signatories: 7

 

6

 

Page  7,  line  40  [Clause  16],  at end add—

 

‘( )    

If an order is made under this section the Secretary of State shall—

 

(a)    

publish the review of the Adjudicator’s performance;

 

(b)    

publish an explanation of the reasons for making the order;

 

(c)    

publish an explanation of the mechanisms under which the interests of

 

suppliers will be protected once the Adjudicator is abolished;’.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

26

 

Page  8,  line  33  [Clause  19],  at end add—

 

‘(3A)    

For the purpose of the first levy and any subsequent annual increase in the levy

 

of greater then 10 per cent on the previous year, the Adjudicator must undertake

 

a consultation process with the large retailers and consider any submissions

 

received as the Adjudicator considers appropriate.’.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

19

 

Page  9,  line  17  [Clause  20],  leave out ‘grants or’.

 

Philip Davies

 

20

 

Page  9,  line  18  [Clause  20],  leave out ‘grants or’.

 


 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

27

 

Page  10  [Clause  23],  leave out lines 35 to 40 and insert ‘This Act shall come into force

 

two months after Royal Assent.’.

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

9

 

Page  10,  line  35  [Clause  23],  after ‘section’, insert ‘15(10A) or’.

 



 
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