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Toby Perkins

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Clause  30,  page  26,  leave out lines 10 to 18 and insert—

 

““Micro business” means a business with 1-9 employees

 

“Small business” means a business with 10-49 employees

 

“Medium-sized business” means a business with 50-249 employees

 

“Large business” means a business with 250-1000 employees

 

“Super corporate” means a business with over 1000 employees”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment proposes to create a total of five definitions in UK law based on the measure of

 

employee head count.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  30,  page  26,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

““balance sheet total”, “headcount of staff”, “micro business threshold”,

 

“small business threshold” and “turnover” have such meanings as may be

 

prescribed by the small and micro business regulations;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment stipulates that particular terms used in amendment 22 (such as “headcount of

 

staff” and “turnover“) are to be defined in regulations made by the Secretary of State.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  30,  page  26,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

““undertaking” means—

 

(a)    

a person carrying on one or more businesses;

 

(b)    

a voluntary or community body within the meaning given by

 

section 24;

 

(c)    

a body which is formed or recognised under the law of a country

 

or territory outside the United Kingdom and which is equivalent

 

in nature to a body falling within the definition of voluntary or

 

community body.

 

( )    

The small and micro business regulations are subject to negative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment defines “undertaking” as used in the definitions of “small” and “micro”

 

business. Undertakings comprise individuals, companies, and other entities carrying on business

 

and voluntary or community bodies (defined in clause 24) and foreign equivalents. It also applies

 

the negative procedure to regulations under amendments 22 and 23.

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Clause  33,  page  28,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

“(a1)    

duties to establish the past payment performance of potential parties to a

 

contract, before contracts are entered into;


 
 

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(a2)    

duties to ensure contracts entered into include the contractors’

 

obligations for prompt payment of their suppliers.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment aims to ensure that the payment performance of potential contractors are known

 

before contracts are entered into and that contracts entered into require companies providing

 

goods and services to public sector contracting authorities to pay their own suppliers promptly.

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  33,  page  29,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(eA)    

duties relating to the assessment and publication of the extent to which

 

apprenticeships and training opportunities were provided as a result of

 

procurement of contracting authorities.

 

(eB)    

duties to publish reports about the amount and proportions of expenditure

 

within procurement undertaken by a contracting authority in relation

 

to—

 

(i)    

small and medium-sized enterprises; and

 

(ii)    

the area local to the contracting authority.

 

(eC)    

duties to disclose and explain any reasons why specified business or

 

company, or specified category of business or company, may be

 

excluded from consideration by a contracting authority, and

 

(eD)    

duties to publish information about the allocation, draw down, usage,

 

sub-contracting or other third-party deployment, and results of the

 

consumption of public resources by private entities.”

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  33,  page  29,  line  16,  leave out “negative” and insert “affirmative”

 

Richard Fuller

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  31,  line  1,  leave out subsection (4).

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  36,  page  31,  line  11,  leave out subsection (5)(b)(ii)

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  36,  page  31,  line  18,  leave out “their tied pub tenants” and insert “such

 

assessments”


 
 

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Richard Fuller

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  31,  line  20,  leave out “large”

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Oliver Colvile

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  37,  page  31,  line  45,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

Changes to the Pubs Code pursuant to section 37 shall be made by order. Such an

 

order is subject to affirmative resolution procedure.”

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  38,  page  32,  line  15,  leave out from “(i)” to end of line 17 and insert “only

 

apply to new agreements or at agreed break points such as rent reviews within current

 

agreements”

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  42,  page  34,  line  43,  after “vexatious”, insert “or unsubstantiated”

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  49,  page  36,  line  41,  at end insert “or

 

(c)    

the basis and reasoning behind the decision to impose a penalty.”

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  50,  page  37,  line  20,  after “merit”, insert “or unsubstantiated”

 

Richard Fuller

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  60,  page  41,  line  6,  leave out “one” and insert “500”


 
 

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Richard Fuller

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  60,  page  41,  line  8,  leave out “large”

 

Richard Fuller

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  60,  page  41,  line  12,  leave out “large”

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  61,  page  41,  line  36,  after “means”, insert “a franchise agreement

 

accredited by the British Franchise Association, or”

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  61,  page  41,  line  42,  leave out “and includes a tenancy at will” and insert

 

“but excluding tenancies at will and agreements of less than 12 months”

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Clause  62,  page  42,  line  15,  leave out from “tie” to end of line 16

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  80,  page  52,  leave out line 13 and insert—

 

“(5)    

For the purposes of this Part, each of the following is a review period—”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 26.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  80,  page  52,  leave out lines 16 to 18 and insert—

 

“(b)    

each period of 12 months beginning with the day after the end of the

 

previous review period.

 

(5A)    

But where a company delivers a confirmation statement with a confirmation date

 

which is earlier than the last day of the review period concerned, the next review

 

period is the period of 12 months beginning with the day after the confirmation

 

date.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides for a default review period of 12 months from the end of the previous

 

review period. This default review period will apply where no confirmation statement has been


 
 

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delivered by a company for the previous review period.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  81,  page  59,  line  10,  after “(5)” insert “and (5A)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 26.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Schedule  8,  page  214,  line  27,  leave out “11C” and insert “11E”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment corrects a cross-reference to ensure that none of the provisions setting out the

 

new ground for disqualifying a person for instructing an unfit director will apply to industrial and

 

provident societies in Northern Ireland, to correspond with consequential amendments being

 

made to that effect in Great Britain.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  136,  page  119,  line  3,  leave out from “lies” to end of line 5 and insert “to an

 

employment tribunal.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the venue of appeal against a penalty for the non-payment of an

 

Employment Tribunal award or an ACAS conciliated settlement from the county court in England

 

and Wales, or the sheriff in Scotland, to an employment tribunal.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  136,  page  119,  line  14,  leave out “the county court or sheriff” and insert “an

 

employment tribunal”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 28.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  139,  page  127,  line  11,  at end insert—


 
 

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“( )    

Subsection (3) is to be disregarded for the purposes of determining any question

 

whether a contract is a contract of employment or other worker’s contract.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment means that when mutuality of obligation is considered for the purpose of

 

determining the employment status of an individual working under a zero hours contract, the

 

prohibition on exclusivity terms in zero hour contracts introduced by clause 139 should be

 

ignored.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  148,  page  132,  line  21,  leave out “and 5 (provision of credit information)”

 

and insert “to (Sections 4 to 5: interpretation) (regulations about financial information on

 

small and medium sized businesses)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment commences the power to make regulations under the new clause inserted by

 

amendment NC1 on Royal Assent (so it is treated in the same way as the power to make regulations

 

under clause 4).

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Clause  148,  page  132,  line  40,  leave out sub-paragraph (iii)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision that would bring clause 30 into force two months after

 

Royal Assent. Instead, it will be brought into force by commencement regulations (so that it can

 

come into force at the same time as regulations made under amendments 22 and 23).

 

New clauses

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause—

 

“Small and medium sized businesses: information to finance platforms

 

(1)    

Where—

 

(a)    

a small or medium sized business has applied to a designated

 

bank for a loan or other credit facility, and

 

(b)    

the application has been unsuccessful,

 

    

the Treasury may by regulations impose a duty on the bank to provide

 

specified information about the business to designated finance platforms.

 

(2)    

The regulations—

 

(a)    

must provide that the duty only applies where the business to

 

which the information relates agrees to its information being

 

provided to the designated finance platforms;


 
 

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(b)    

may require a bank—

 

(i)    

to seek the agreement of a business for the purposes of

 

paragraph (a);

 

(ii)    

to ask the business for any of the specified information

 

that the bank does not already have;

 

(iii)    

to provide the information to the finance platforms

 

within a specified time period.

 

(3)    

The regulations may make further provision about the duty in subsection

 

(1), which may in particular include provision about—

 

(a)    

the types of loans and credit facilities that trigger the duty,

 

(b)    

the circumstances in which an application is to be considered

 

unsuccessful, and

 

(c)    

the finance platforms to which information must be provided.

 

(4)    

Where a finance platform has received information by virtue of

 

subsection (1), the Treasury may by regulations—

 

(a)    

impose a duty on the finance platform to provide specified

 

information to all finance providers requesting access to the

 

information, and

 

(b)    

impose a duty on the finance platform to provide specified

 

information about a particular business to a finance provider

 

where—

 

(i)    

the finance provider has requested information about the

 

business, and

 

(ii)    

the business has agreed to its information being provided

 

to the finance provider.

 

(5)    

Information specified for the purposes of subsection (4)(a) must be in

 

such a form that no individual business, and no person associated with the

 

business, can be identified.

 

(6)    

The regulations may provide that the duty in subsection (4)(a) or (b) does

 

not apply unless—

 

(a)    

the finance provider or business agrees to the finance platform’s

 

terms and conditions;

 

(b)    

the finance provider complies with specified requirements about

 

the use and disclosure of the information.

 

(7)    

The regulations may make further provision about the duties in

 

subsection (4)(a) and (b), including in particular provision—

 

(a)    

requiring the finance platform to provide the information within

 

a specified time period;

 

(b)    

setting out how a request by a finance provider must be made to

 

a finance platform;

 

(c)    

setting out how a business may indicate agreement for the

 

purposes of subsection (4)(b)(ii);

 

(d)    

about the time period for which information must be kept by the

 

finance platform;

 

(e)    

about the removal of information from the finance platform.

 

(8)    

The regulations may make provision—

 

(a)    

prohibiting finance platforms from charging fees to small and

 

medium sized businesses, or


 
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