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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 23 October 2014

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Small Business, Enterprise and


 

Employment Bill


 

[Seventh and Eighth Sittings]


 

Clauses 13 and 14 Agreed to.

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Withdrawn  74

 

Clause  15,  page  16,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“(cA)    

an assessment of whether and, if necessary, the extent to which, any

 

business, having challenged a regulator, has been discriminated against

 

thereafter as a consequence.

 

(cB)    

recommendations for mitigating steps to be taken if an assessment

 

mentioned in paragraph (cA) concludes that discrimination has taken

 

place.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  21

 

Clause  16,  page  17,  line  24,  leave out from beginning to “subject” and insert

 

“Regulations under this section are”.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 17 to 22 Agreed to.


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Withdrawn  75

 

Clause  23,  page  22,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

“(aA)    

lay a statement of each amended thing before each House of Parliament

 

to be approved by affirmative resolution procedure before the

 

amendment is implemented;”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 24 to 28 Agreed to.

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Withdrawn  76

 

Clause  29,  page  25,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Prior to secondary legislation making or amending the regulatory provision

 

coming into force, the review set out in sections 25 to 28 and this section shall be

 

subject to public consultation with specific reference to the views of businesses,

 

business organisations, civic organisations and trades unions, and any such other

 

organisation which the Secretary of State considers to be appropriate.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Toby Perkins

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Withdrawn  39

 

Clause  30,  page  26,  line  7,  after “business””, insert ““medium-sized business”,

 

“large business” or “super corporate””.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  22

 

Clause  30,  page  26,  line  9,  leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert—

 

“(2)    

In the underlying provision “small business” means an undertaking other than a

 

micro business (see subsection (3)) which meets the following conditions (“the

 

small business size conditions”)—

 

(a)    

it has a headcount of staff of less than 50, and

 

(b)    

it has—

 

(i)    

a turnover, or

 

(ii)    

a balance sheet total,

 

    

of an amount less than or equal to the small business threshold.

 

(3)    

In the underlying provision “micro business” means an undertaking which meets

 

the following conditions (“the micro business size conditions”)—


 
 

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, continued

 
 

(a)    

it has a headcount of staff of less than 10, and

 

(b)    

it has—

 

(i)    

a turnover, or

 

(ii)    

a balance sheet total,

 

    

of an amount less than or equal to the micro business threshold.

 

( )    

The Secretary of State may by regulations (referred to as “the small and micro

 

business regulations”) make further provision about the meanings of “small

 

business” and “micro business”.

 

( )    

This section and the small and micro business regulations are to be read subject

 

to any modifications made by the underlying provision in any particular case.”

 

Toby Perkins

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Ian Murray

 

Not called  40

 

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”.

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  23

 

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;”

 

Matthew Hancock

 

Jo Swinson

 

Agreed to  24

 

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.”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 31 and 32 Agreed to.


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Negatived on division  57

 

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;

 

(a2)    

duties to ensure contracts entered into include the contractors’

 

obligations for prompt payment of their suppliers.”

 

Ian Murray

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Toby Perkins

 

Negatived on division  77

 

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

 

Not called  78

 

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

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 34 Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned until Tuesday 28 October at 8.55 am


 
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