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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 11 March 2014

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Consumer Rights Bill


 

[Thirteenth and Fourteenth Sittings]


 

Clause 77 Agreed to.

 


 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  76

 

Schedule  5,  page  65,  line  13,  after ‘under’, insert ‘—(a)’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  77

 

Schedule  5,  page  65,  line  14,  at end insert ‘, or

 

(b)    

legislation under which the enforcer’s legislation is made.’.

 

Stella Creasy

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Negatived on division  104

 

Schedule  5,  page  74,  line  37,  leave out sub-paragraphs (3) to (5).’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  78

 

Schedule  5,  page  84,  line  9,  leave out ‘under that legislation’ and insert ‘by the

 

enforcer’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  79

 

Schedule  5,  page  84,  line  10,  leave out ‘under the enforcer’s legislation’ and insert

 

‘by the enforcer’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  80

 

Schedule  5,  page  87,  line  7,  after ‘enforce’, insert—

 

‘(ca)    

legislation under which legislation mentioned in paragraph (c) is made,’.


 
 

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Stella Creasy

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Withdrawn  103

 

Schedule  5,  page  87,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(45A)  

The Secretary of State shall within three months of Royal Assent of this Act

 

produce a report on the effect of an area enforcer, in order to protect

 

consumers, to—

 

(a)    

issue enforcement orders, as set out in Part 8 of the Enterprise Act

 

2002, for traders who persistently cause detriment within a local area;

 

and;

 

(b)    

enable the disclosure to consumers and other interested parties without

 

legal liability of complaints they have received regarding traders

 

when—

 

(i)    

a consumer has consented to their contact details and the

 

nature of their complaint being shared with others who wish

 

to raise concerns about a trader; and

 

(ii)    

the area enforcer considers the behaviour of the trader to have

 

breached consumer protection regulations and it is in the

 

public interest for their conduct to be known.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  81

 

Schedule  5,  page  87,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

an offence under legislation under which legislation within paragraph (a)

 

is made,’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  82

 

Schedule  5,  page  87,  line  42,  after ‘(a)’, insert ‘, (aa)’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  83

 

Schedule  5,  page  88,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

an offence under legislation under which legislation within paragraph (a)

 

is made,’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  84

 

Schedule  5,  page  88,  line  9,  after ‘(a)’, insert ‘ or (aa)’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  85

 

Schedule  5,  page  88,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

an offence under legislation under which legislation within paragraph (a)

 

is made,’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  86

 

Schedule  5,  page  88,  line  19,  after ‘(a)’, insert ‘ or (aa)’.


 
 

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Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  87

 

Schedule  6,  page  92,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘44A      

In section 44(4) (service of documents)—

 

(a)    

omit “28(2) or”, and

 

(b)    

omit “purchased or” in each place.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  88

 

Schedule  6,  page  95,  line  5,  leave out ‘(h),’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  89

 

Schedule  6,  page  95,  line  5,  leave out ‘(o),’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  90

 

Schedule  6,  page  95,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

in paragraph (h) for “29” substitute “29(4)”,

 

(ab)    

in paragraph (o) for “22” substitute “22(4)”,’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  91

 

Schedule  6,  page  95,  line  34,  leave out paragraph (g).

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  92

 

Schedule  6,  page  95,  line  36,  leave out ‘first and second paragraphs’ and insert

 

‘first paragraph’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  93

 

Schedule  6,  page  95,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(2A)  

In paragraph 45 for “29(4), (5) and (6)” substitute “29(4)”.

 

    (2B)  

In the second paragraph 73G for “22(4) to (6)” substitute “22(4)”.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  94

 

Schedule  6,  page  96,  line  2,  leave out ‘3, 4A,’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  95

 

Schedule  6,  page  96,  line  2,  leave out ‘8, 9A,’.


 
 

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Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  96

 

Schedule  6,  page  96,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(2A)  

In paragraph 3 for “29” in each place substitute “29(4)”.

 

    (2B)  

In paragraph 4A—

 

(a)    

for “23” substitute “22(4)”, and

 

(b)    

for “22” substitute “22(4)”.

 

    (2C)  

In paragraph 8 for “29” in each place substitute “29(4)”.

 

    (2D)  

In paragraph 9A—

 

(a)    

for the first “22” substitute “22(4)”, and

 

(b)    

for “products under regulations 22 of those Regulations.” substitute

 

“those items, as it applies to the seizure and detention of products

 

under regulation 22(4) of those Regulations.”’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  97

 

Schedule  6,  page  97,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘Fireworks Act 2003 (c. 22)

 

79A(1)  

Section 12 of the Fireworks Act 2003 (enforcement) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (2)—

 

(a)    

omit paragraph (a), and

 

(b)    

in paragraph (b), for “29(1) to (5), (6)(a) and (7)” substitute “29(4) and

 

(7)”.

 

      (3)  

After subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

For the investigatory powers available to a local weights and measures

 

authority for the purposes of the duty to enforce imposed by virtue of

 

subsection (1) (in addition to the powers in Part 4 of the Consumer

 

Protection Act 1987), see Schedule 5 to the Consumer Rights Act

 

2014.”’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 78 Agreed to.

 


 

Stella Creasy

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Not selected  106

 

Clause  79,  page  42,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Within three months of Royal Assent of this Act, the Secretary of State shall set

 

out guidance on requiring all statutory regulators to provide—

 

(a)    

formal representation for consumers on all governance bodies;

 

(b)    

an annual competition and consumer rights health check within their

 

industry which has been approved by the Consumer Association; and

 

(c)    

periodic consideration of whether there is a need for independent advice,

 

free at the point of delivery, to ensure consumers’ rights are protected, in

 

which case the Secretary of State shall review the case for the

 

introduction of levies to support this provision.’.


 
 

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Stella Creasy

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Withdrawn  105

 

Clause  79,  page  42,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

For the purposes of the enhanced consumer measures set out in Schedule 7 the

 

Secretary of State shall publish a review of the powers of Trading Standards

 

Officers to consider—

 

(a)    

the number of enforcement actions by Trading Standards taken under the

 

enhanced consumer protections set out in this Act;

 

(b)    

any additional operational costs to Trading Standards Services associated

 

with the new powers and procedures under sections 77 and 79 of this Act;

 

and

 

(c)    

the establishment of a statutory minimum standard for all officers

 

carrying out Trading Standards functions in any local authority and the

 

role of a competent body to set, test against, apply and monitor those

 

standards.’.

 

Stella Creasy

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Not selected  107

 

Clause  79,  page  42,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

The Secretary of State shall publish an annual assessment of the cumulative

 

impact of public policy in the area of consumer rights on household bills and on

 

affordability, with particular regard for low income households.’.

 

Stella Creasy

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Not selected  108

 

Clause  79,  page  42,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

Within three months of Royal Assent of this Act the Government will publish a

 

report detailing how it will ensure better outcomes for consumers of public

 

services and more efficient decision-making processes;

 

(4)    

For the purposes of this Act a public service is any provided to the consumer

 

directly by a Government department, or local or public authority, or a trader

 

acting on behalf of these organisations;

 

(5)    

For the purposes of this Act a person shall be a consumer of public services when

 

they enter any agreement, contract, contract notice or proposed contract for

 

receiving a service which the individual has a direct role in commissioning;

 

(6)    

A report under subsection (3) will consider—

 

(a)    

how each public service provider will ensure a formalised approach to

 

ensure independent advocacy is available for consumers at an early stage

 

in the decision-making process for the provision of public services;

 

(b)    

the nature of an independent advocate to participate in this process and

 

the definition of independence including how this could be supported by

 

the conduct of any service provider;

 

(c)    

the effect of a breach in a consumer’s statutory rights as set out by this

 

legislation when a direct commissioning contract is in place;

 

(d)    

what formal status independent advice notice issued will have in relation

 

to local authority decision-making, especially in instances where a public

 

service continues to act contrary to such information and formal legal

 

redress is sought;

 

(e)    

the role of the public sector ombudsman services in overseeing any such

 

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(f)    

how a public service provider will report on their formalised approach.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  111

 

Schedule  7,  page  102,  line  1,  leave out ‘a private designated’ and insert ‘an’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  112

 

Schedule  7,  page  102,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(8A)    

Subsection (8B) applies if—

 

(a)    

an enforcer exercises a function in relation to a person by virtue of

 

subsection (1) or (2),

 

(b)    

that function is a relevant function for the purposes of Part 2 (co-

 

ordination of regulatory enforcement) of the Regulatory Enforcement

 

and Sanctions Act 2008, and

 

(c)    

a primary authority (within the meaning of that Part) has given advice or

 

guidance under section 27(1) of that Act—

 

(i)    

to that person in relation to that function, or

 

(ii)    

to other local authorities (within the meaning of that Part) with

 

that function as to how they should exercise it in relation to that

 

person.

 

(8B)    

The enforcer must, in exercising the function in relation to that person, act

 

consistently with that advice or guidance.’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Stella Creasy

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Withdrawn  109

 

Clause  80,  page  42,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A year after the commencement of this section, the Secretary of State will review

 

the powers set out in Schedule 8 and report to Parliament on—

 

(a)    

the number of private actions commenced under this power;

 

(b)    

the redress provided to consumers under these private actions; and

 

(c)    

the scope and potential effect of expanding these private actions powers

 

to all areas of consumer protection law.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  113

 

Schedule  8,  page  103,  line  38,  after ‘(3)’ insert ‘which a person who has suffered

 

loss or damage may make in civil proceedings brought in any part of the United

 

Kingdom’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  114

 

Schedule  8,  page  104,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

For the purpose of identifying claims which may be made in civil proceedings,

 

any limitation rules or rules relating to prescription that would apply in such

 

proceedings are to be disregarded.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  115

 

Schedule  8,  page  106,  line  21,  after ‘(5)’ insert ‘Subject to subsection (5A),’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  116

 

Schedule  8,  page  106,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

In a case within subsection (5) the Tribunal may order that all or part of any

 

damages not claimed by the represented persons within a specified period is

 

instead to be paid to the representative in respect of all or part of the costs or

 

expenses incurred by the representative in connection with the proceedings.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  117

 

Schedule  8,  page  111,  line  44,  leave out ‘only if that person’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  118

 

Schedule  8,  page  111,  line  46,  after ‘(a)’ insert ‘whether or not that person’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  119

 

Schedule  8,  page  111,  line  47,  leave out ‘or’ and insert ‘but’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Agreed to  120

 

Schedule  8,  page  112,  line  1,  leave out from ‘(b)’ to ‘the’ and insert ‘only if’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 81 to 86 Agreed to.

 



 
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