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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 6 November 2014

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Small Business, Enterprise and


 

Employment Bill


 

[Fifteenth and Sixteenth Sittings]


 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Withdrawn  238

 

Clause  138,  page  126,  line  16,  leave out “£20,000” and insert “£50,000”

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Not selected  239

 

Clause  138,  page  126,  line  17,  leave out “£20,000” and insert “£50,000”

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Negatived on division  240

 

Clause  138,  page  126,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations devolve the enforcement of the

 

National Minimum Wage to local authorities.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Negatived on division  237

 

Clause  139,  page  126,  line  17,  at end add—

 

“(3A)    

The provisions in this section shall be enforceable by the employment tribunal

 

system. The Secretary of State shall make regulations that determine—

 

(a)    

the length of any qualifying period;

 

(b)    

the involvement of early conciliation at ACAS;


 
 

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(c)    

the level of any fee payable by the worker;

 

(d)    

the imposition of penalties on the employer; and

 

(e)    

the remedies available to the workers;

 

    

The Secretary of State shall make such regulations by affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  30

 

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

 

“( )    

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.”

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Not called  242

 

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

 

“(4)    

For this purpose, an employer will be legally obliged to offer a fixed hours

 

contract when a worker has worked regular hours over six months of continuous

 

employment, where the worker will have an option to refuse the offer.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision for the determination

 

of “regular hours” under subsection (4).”.

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Not called  243

 

Clause  139,  page  127,  line  13,  leave out “may by regulations” and insert “shall

 

bring forward regulations to”

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Not called  241

 

Clause  139,  page  128,  line  4,  at end add—

 

“(f)    

extending provisions to prevent “effective exclusivity” through

 

conferring further rights on zero hours workers.”

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Negatived on division  244

 

Clause  139,  page  128,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

For the purposes of section 5(c), the Secretary of State shall require an employer

 

to pay compensation to workers when—

 

(a)    

the said worker is requested to work, turns up for work, and is

 

subsequently given less than minimum level of hours worked; or

 

(b)    

the said worker is requested to work, but the work is cancelled at short

 

notice.

 

(5B)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations define “compensation”, “short notice”

 

and “minimum levels” under this section.”


 
 

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Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Not called  245

 

Clause  139,  page  128,  line  4,  after subsection (5)(e) insert—

 

“(f)    

extending provisions to prevent “effective exclusivity” through

 

conferring further rights on zero hours workers.”

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Not called  229

 

Clause  139,  page  128,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“27C  

Power to make further provision in respect of transparency of zero hours

 

workers terms and conditions

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision to require employers

 

to provide basic information about terms and conditions to all zero hours workers

 

within two months of their start date.”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 140 to 142 Agreed to.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  209

 

Clause  143,  page  130,  line  35,  after “Act” insert “(other than section (Exclusion of

 

home businesses from Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954) as it applies in

 

Wales)”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  210

 

Clause  143,  page  130,  line  41,  leave out “this section” and insert “subsection (1)”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  211

 

Clause  143,  page  130,  line  44,  leave out “this section” and insert “subsection (1)”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  212

 

Clause  143,  page  131,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make such provision as they consider

 

appropriate in consequence of section (Exclusion of home businesses from Part 2

 

of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954) as it applies in Wales.

 

(4B)    

The power conferred by subsection (4A) includes power—

 

(a)    

to make transitional, transitory or saving provision;


 
 

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(b)    

to amend, repeal, revoke or otherwise modify any provision made by or

 

under any Act (including this Act and any Act passed in the same Session

 

as this Act) or any Measure or Act of the National Assembly for Wales.

 

(4C)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (4A) which

 

amend or repeal an Act or a Measure or Act of the National Assembly for Wales

 

may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and

 

approved by a resolution of, the National Assembly for Wales.

 

(4D)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (4A), other than

 

a statutory instrument within subsection (4C), is subject to annulment in

 

pursuance of a resolution of the National Assembly for Wales.”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  213

 

Clause  144,  page  131,  line  18,  after “Act” insert “(other than section (Exclusion of

 

home businesses from Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954) as it applies in Wales).

 

(2)    

The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make such transitional, transitory or

 

saving provision as they consider appropriate in connection with the coming into

 

force of section (Exclusion of home businesses from Part 2 of the Landlord and

 

Tenant Act 1954) as it applies in Wales”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  189

 

Clause  145,  page  131,  line  21,  leave out “or 114”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 146 Agreed to.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  190

 

Clause  147,  page  132,  line  14,  leave out “114 and”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.


 
 

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Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  214

 

Clause  148,  page  132,  line  18,  leave out “and (3)” and insert “to (3A)”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  31

 

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)”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  191

 

Clause  148,  page  132,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

in Part 5, section (Funding for free of charge early years provision);”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  32

 

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

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  150

 

Clause  148,  page  133,  line  12,  leave out “and 79” and insert “to (Shadow directors:

 

provision for Northern Ireland)”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  215

 

Clause  148,  page  133,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Section (Exclusion of home businesses from Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant

 

Act 1954) as it applies in Wales comes into force on such day as the Welsh

 

Ministers may by regulations appoint.”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 149 Agreed to.

 

New clauses

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  NC1

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Small and medium sized businesses: information to finance platforms

 

(1)    

Where—


 
 

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(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;

 

(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;


 
 

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(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

 

(b)    

permitting finance platforms to charge fees to small and medium

 

sized businesses.

 

(9)    

The regulations must make provision for the designation of banks and

 

finance platforms by the Treasury, and the regulations may in particular

 

provide for—

 

(a)    

conditions that must be met for a bank or finance platform to be

 

designated;

 

(b)    

considerations that the Treasury may take into account before

 

deciding whether to designate a bank or finance platform;

 

(c)    

the Treasury to consider the advice of another person before

 

making a designation;

 

(d)    

the procedure for designating a bank or finance platform;

 

(e)    

how the list of designated banks and finance platforms must be

 

published;

 

(f)    

the revocation of a designation.

 

(10)    

In this section “specified” means specified or described in the

 

regulations.”

 


 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  NC2

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Sections 4 to 5: interpretation

 

(1)    

For the purposes of sections 4 to 5, a business is a small or medium sized

 

business if—

 

(a)    

it has an annual turnover of less than £25 million,

 

(b)    

it carries out commercial activities,

 

(c)    

it does not carry out regulated activities as its principal activity,

 

and

 

(d)    

it is not owned or controlled by a public authority.

 

    

Regulations under those sections may make further provision for the

 

purposes of determining which businesses they apply to (including

 

provision about the calculation of turnover and the determination of

 

control).

 

(2)    

In sections 4 to 5 and this section—


 
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