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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 19 November 2014

 

Consideration of Bill

 

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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, As Amended


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the House

 

{18 November 2014].

 


 

NEW CLAUSES, NEW SCHEDULES AND AMENDMENTS RELATING TO PART 11

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Living Wage

 

The Secretary of State shall within 3 months of Part II of this Act coming into

 

force—

 

(a)    

bring forward proposals to mandate the payment of the Living Wage for

 

all those employed to deliver government and public sector contracts, and

 

(b)    

consult on a strategy for increasing the National Minimum Wage to a

 

level equal to that of the Living Wage.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to ensure all public sector contracts pay the

 

Living Wage as a minimum and to consult on a strategy to increase the National Minimum Wage

 

to a level equal to the level calulated for the Living Wage.

 



 
 

Consideration of Bill:                               

894

 

, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Toby Perkins

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Clause  144,  page  134,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

The Secretary of State shall provide an annual report to Parliament on the

 

effectiveness of—

 

(a)    

enforcement of the national minimum wage;

 

(b)    

the level of the financial penalty for underpayment, including but not

 

limited to its impact on compliance; and

 

(c)    

changes in provisions relating to the national minimum wage improving

 

other measures of pay in the labour market.”

 

Ian Murray

 

Toby Perkins

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Clause  145,  page  134,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations containing provisions and measures

 

enabling and facilitating the enforcement by workers of the rights conferred under

 

this section. Those regulations shall be laid before each House of Parliament in

 

draft before being made, subject to affirmative resolution procedure.”

 

Ian Murray

 

Toby Perkins

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Clause  145,  page  134,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Regulations made under section 27B, subsection (1), shall include provisions—

 

(a)    

giving zero hours workers the right to be awarded financial compensation

 

of amounts, and in circumstances, to be determined by the Secretary of

 

State;

 

(b)    

giving employment tribunals powers to enforce their adjudications,

 

including the award of any applicable compensation as referred to in

 

section (1A)(a), or imposition of any applicable penalty, in cases

 

involving zero hours workers; and

 

(c)    

imposing an obligation on an employer to offer a fixed hours contract

 

when a worker has worked regular hours for a continuous period, or

 

series of continuous periods, of employment, to be determined by the

 

Secretary of State.”


 
 

Consideration of Bill:                               

895

 

, continued

 
 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Clause  147,  page  137,  line  14,  leave out paragraph (d) and insert—

 

“(d)    

imposing duties, in connection with a qualifying exit payment, on—

 

(i)    

the exit payee,

 

(ii)    

the responsible authority, and

 

(iii)    

the subsequent authority;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment clarifies clause 147 to show that regulations under clause 146 allow for duties in

 

connection with qualifying exit payments to be placed on the exit payee, the authority that made

 

the payment and the authority that re-engaged the exit payee as an employee, contractor or office

 

holder.

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Clause  147,  page  137,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

for preventing the exit payee from becoming an employee or a contractor,

 

or a holder of a public sector office, as mentioned in subsection (1) until

 

the arrangements required by virtue of paragraph (e) have been made;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds provision to enable an exit payee to be prevented from being re-engaged by

 

a public sector authority, as an employee, contractor or office holder, until after arrangements for

 

repaying the exit payment have been made.

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Clause  147,  page  137,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (3)(d)(iii) the “subsequent authority” means—

 

(a)    

in relation to an exit payee who becomes an employee or a contractor, the

 

public sector authority of which the exit payee becomes an employee or

 

a contractor, or

 

(b)    

in relation to an exit payee who becomes a holder of a public sector

 

office, the authority which is responsible for the appointment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is linked to amendment 61. It explains that the “subsequent authority” is the

 

authority that re-engaged the exit payee as an employee, contractor or office holder.

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Clause  147,  page  137,  line  20,  leave out “subsection (1)” and insert “this section”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendments 62 and 63. It ensures that subsection (4) of

 

clause 147 applies in relation to all the references to contractors in the clause as amended.


 
 

Consideration of Bill:                               

896

 

, continued

 
 

NEW CLAUSES, NEW SCHEDULES AND AMENDMENTS RELATING TO PART 8

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Clause  86,  page  59,  line  25,  leave out “853I” and insert “853H”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Clause  86,  page  63,  leave out lines 29 to 41

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Clause  86,  page  64,  line  1,  leave out “or 853I(2)”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Clause  86,  page  64,  line  8,  leave out “853I”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Clause  86,  page  65,  line  7,  leave out “853I” and insert “853H”

 

NEW CLAUSES, NEW SCHEDULES AND AMENDMENTS RELATING TO PART 10

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Clause  116,  page  93,  line  13,  leave out “one creditor makes” and insert “the

 

prescribed proportion of the creditors or (as the case may be) of the contributories make”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is to overturn an Opposition amendment made at committee.


 
 

Consideration of Bill:                               

897

 

, continued

 
 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Clause  123,  page  101,  line  38,  leave out from beginning to “House” in line 39 and

 

insert “Regulations under this paragraph may not be made unless a draft of the statutory

 

instrument containing the regulations has been laid before Parliament and approved by a

 

resolution of each”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the regulation making power inserted by clause 123 from negative to

 

affirmative resolution procedure.

 

REMAINING PROCEEDINGS ON CONSIDERATION

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Schedule  3,  page  149,  line  40,  leave out “negative” and insert “affirmative”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the regulation-making power under section 790B(1)(b) from negative to

 

affirmative resolution procedure.

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Schedule  3,  page  150,  leave out lines 8 to 11

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes section 790C(4), which is deemed unnecessary in light of provision made

 

in relation to joint holders of shares or rights in new paragraph 9A of Schedule 1A (as inserted by

 

amendment 78).

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Schedule  3,  page  150,  line  14,  leave out from second “they” to “is” in line 16 and

 

insert “do not hold any interest in the company except through one or more other legal

 

entities over each of which they have significant control and each of which”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment clarifies that an individual is “non-registrable” in relation to the company only

 

if their interest in the company is held solely through one or more relevant legal entities over which

 

they have significant control.

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Schedule  3,  page  150,  leave out lines 21 to 24

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes section 790C(6). Provision made in section 790C(6) is now contained

 

within the new subsection inserted by amendment 70.


 
 

Consideration of Bill:                               

898

 

, continued

 
 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Schedule  3,  page  150,  line  42,  leave out from “if” to “is” in line 44 and insert “it

 

does not hold any interest in the company except through one or more other legal entities

 

over each of which it has significant control and each of which”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment clarifies that a relevant legal entity is “non-registrable” in relation to the

 

company only if its interest in the company is held solely through one or more other relevant legal

 

entities over which it has significant control.

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Schedule  3,  page  151,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

For the purposes of subsections (5) and (10)—

 

(a)    

whether someone—

 

(i)    

holds an interest in a company, or

 

(ii)    

holds that interest through another legal entity,

 

    

is to be determined in accordance with Part 1A of Schedule 1A;

 

(b)    

whether someone has significant control over that other legal entity, is to

 

be determined in accordance with subsections (2) and (3) and Part 1 of

 

Schedule 1A, reading references in those provisions to the company as

 

references to that other entity.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that sections 790C(2) and (3) and Schedule 1A determine whether

 

someone holds an interest in a company, whether they hold that interest through another legal

 

entity, and whether they have significant control over that entity.

 

Secretary Vince Cable

 

Schedule  3,  page  151,  line  25,  after “Regulations” insert “under subsection (9)(d)

 

are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.

 

( )    

Subject to subsection (14), regulations”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that regulations made under section 790C(9)(d) will be subject to the

 

affirmative rather than negative resolution procedure.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  159,  line  38,  leave out “apply to the court” and insert “decline the

 

request”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  159,  leave out line 39 and insert “If the request is declined, the person

 

making the request may apply to the court, with notice to the company, for an order

 

directing the company to comply with the request.”


 
 

Consideration of Bill:                               

899

 

, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  159,  line  41,  leave out “not”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  159,  line  42,  leave out “not”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  159,  line  44,  leave out “company’s” and insert “applicant’s”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  160,  line  1,  leave out “person who made the request even if that

 

person” and insert “company even if the company”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  160,  line  6,  leave out “that the company is not” and insert “the

 

company”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  160,  line  9,  leave out “does not direct the company not” and insert

 

“directs the company”

 

Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  160,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

For the purposes of Part 21A, “proper purpose” shall mean a purpose reasonably

 

required by—

 

(a)    

a national security agency for safeguarding national security or personal

 

safety; and

 

(b)    

HM Revenue and Customs for the conduct of tax investigations.”

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Schedule  3,  page  160,  line  15,  leave out “otherwise than in accordance with an

 

order of” and insert “where ordered by”


 
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