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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Tuesday 9 February 2016

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Enterprise Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Order of the Committee [9 February 2016].

 


 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

55

 

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  12,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Commissioner to publish a report of the enquiry into,

 

consideration and determination of a complaint made under the SBC complaints scheme.

 


 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

56

 

Clause  7,  page  7,  line  24,  leave out paragraph (vii)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove from regulations the power to dismiss a complaint which the


 
 

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Commissioner considers has previously been considered under the complaints scheme or by

 

another complaints-handling body, ombudsman or regulator.

 


 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

57

 

Clause  8,  page  8,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

The Commissioner must ensure that all information provided by complainants,

 

litigants and other parties against respondents is handled with confidentiality.

 

(4)    

The Commissioner must not release the information outlined in subsection (3)

 

without the consent of the complainant, litigant or relevant party.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide protections for those either providing information to the Small

 

Business Commissioner or from complainants or litigants with large businesses.

 


 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Hannah Bardell

 

58

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

outlines a summary of relevant complaints made by—

 

(i)    

small businesses against other businesses and

 

(ii)    

small businesses against government departments.

 

(1A)    

In subsection (1)(d) “relevant complaint” has the same meaning at subsections

 

4(3) and (4)” 

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Small Business Commissioner’s Annual Report to outline

 

complaints made by small businesses against other businesses and against Government

 

departments.

 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

59

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  line  3,  leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “Commissioner”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Small Business Commissioner to report directly to Parliament.

 


 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

60

 

Clause  10,  page  9,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

The Commissioner may assist the Government, including its agencies, to develop

 

legislation, procedures and administration that provide alternative ways in which


 
 

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small businesses can comply with the requirements of the legislation, procedures

 

and administration.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the Small Business Commissioner to assist other parts of

 

Government, including the Secretary of State to develop procedures and processes.

 


 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

61

 

Clause  14,  page  12,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

In subsection (2), after “means” insert”—

 

(a)    

all regulatory provisions made under section 2(2) of the European

 

Communities Act 1972,

 

(b)    

regulatory provisions made by statutory instrument which are subject to

 

the affirmative resolution procedure in both Houses of Parliament, and””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Government’s business impact target to cover the impact of EU

 

Regulations or regulatory provisions made my statutory instruments which are subject to the

 

affirmative procedure.

 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

62

 

Clause  14,  page  12,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

In section 21 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (duty

 

on Secretary of State to publish business impact target etc), at the end of

 

subsection (2) insert “and must consist of—

 

(a)    

a nominal component, reflecting the total number of regulations, and

 

(b)    

a monetary component, reflecting the discounted cash flow.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the report includes an up-to-date tally of regulations, and the

 

cost to business of those regulations.

 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

63

 

Clause  14,  page  12,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(4B)    

In section 21 (3)(b) of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015,

 

after “methodology”, insert “, verified by the independent body appointed under

 

section 25”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish the methodology used for

 

assessing the economic impact of regulatory provisions and would require the methodology to be

 

verified by an independent body.


 
 

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Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

64

 

Clause  14,  page  12,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(4C)    

In section 23 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (duty

 

on Secretary of State to publish reports) after subsection (3)(f) insert—

 

“(g)    

a list of all the impact assessments that relate to the regulatory provisions

 

for which a list is required under subsection (3)(f), including the names

 

of the authorising Ministers, the names of the Senior Responsible

 

Owners for quality assurance, and the assessments of the independent

 

body appointed under section 25.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State’s report to include a list of all the impact

 

assessments relating to regulatory provisions which have come into force or ceased to be in force

 

during the reporting period, including the names of the authorising Ministers and Senior

 

Responsible Owners for quality assurance and the assessments of an independent body.

 


 

Mary Creagh

 

78

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  8,  after “in”, insert “section 21 (duty to have regard to the

 

regulatory principles) and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make it clear that the reporting requirements include reporting on the duty

 

under section 21 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 to have regard to a defined

 

set of regulatory principles.

 

Mary Creagh

 

79

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  10,  after “which”, insert “section 21 and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement to amendment 78.

 

Mary Creagh

 

80

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  14,  after “businesses”, insert “and such other persons as

 

the regulator considers appropriate”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

In conjunction with amendment 78, this amendment would require each relevant regulator to

 

report not only on the views of businesses (and ‘other regulated persons’), but also on the views

 

of such other persons as the relevant regulator considers appropriate.

 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

65

 

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“(iii)    

of the measures adopted by the relevant regulator to make

 

regulations which have an impact on small businesses more

 

comprehensible, and


 
 

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(iv)    

of the measures taken to promote awareness of regulations which

 

affect small businesses;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would create a new obligation on Regulators to provide an assessment on how

 

they are simplifying their regulations and ensuring that they report on their efforts to extend

 

awareness of regulations.

 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

66

 

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“(v)    

an assessment of how the relevant regulator’s regulatory

 

provisions contribute to and improve productivity;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would create a new obligation on Regulators to provide an assessment on how

 

their provisions improve productivity.

 

Mary Creagh

 

81

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“(iii)    

of the effect of the duties under sections 21 and 22 on the proper

 

exercise of its relevant functions;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require each relevant regulator to report on the effect of the performance

 

of the duties on the proper exercise of the regulatory functions to which they apply.

 

Mary Creagh

 

82

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  18,  after “in”, insert “section 21 and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement to amendment 78.

 

Mary Creagh

 

83

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

the persons from whom information should be obtained for the purposes

 

of a performance report.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make provision for guidance to be issued on who should be asked for

 

information for the purposes of preparing a performance report.

 

Mary Creagh

 

84

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

Before making guidance under subsection (5), the Minister must consult—

 

(a)    

persons carrying on businesses; and

 

(b)    

such other persons as the Minister considers appropriate.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the relevant Minister of the Crown to consult businesses and such

 

other persons as the Minister considers appropriate before making guidance relating to the

 

performance reports.


 
 

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Mary Creagh

 

85

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  13,  line  41,  after “in”, insert “section 21 and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement to amendment 78.

 

Bill Esterson

 

Kevin Brennan

 

67

 

Clause  15,  page  14,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(10A)    

A relevant regulator must give to the Small Business Commissioner any

 

information that the Commissioner may from time to time request which relates

 

to regulatory provisions and their impact on small businesses.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would impose a regulatory duty on regulators to provide information on request

 

to the Commissioner, to aid the communication of key issues around productivity to SMEs and

 

regulators.

 

Mary Creagh

 

86

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  14,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

““businesses” includes businesses and other regulated persons;”

 

Mary Creagh

 

87

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  15,  page  14,  line  30,  after “by”, insert “section 21 to have regard to the

 

principles in subsection (2) of that section and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement to amendment 78.

 


 

Mary Creagh

 

88

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  16,  page  15,  line  13,  after “businesses”, insert “and such other persons as

 

the regulator considers appropriate”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement to amendment 80.

 

Mary Creagh

 

89

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(iii)    

of the effect of the duties under section 21 and 22 on the proper

 

exercise of its relevant functions;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement under amendment 81.


 
 

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Mary Creagh

 

90

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  16,  page  15,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

the persons from whom information should be obtained for the purposes

 

of a performance report.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement to amendment 83.

 

Mary Creagh

 

91

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  16,  page  15,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

Before making Guidance under subsection (4), the Minister must consult—

 

(a)    

persons carrying on businesses; and

 

(b)    

such other persons as the Minister considers appropriate.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement to amendment 84.

 

Mary Creagh

 

92

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  16,  page  15,  line  42,  after “businesses”, insert “and such other persons as

 

the Minister considers appropriate”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement to amendment 80.

 

Mary Creagh

 

93

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  16,  page  16,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

“(11A)    

In this section—

 

    

“businesses” includes businesses and other regulated persons.”

 


 

Anna Soubry

 

1

 

Clause  19,  page  17,  line  40,  leave out “Welsh ministerial” and insert “devolved

 

Welsh”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment, amendments 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 and subsections (1) and (2) of the new clause

 

inserted by amendment NC2 replace references in the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act

 

2008, and in the amendments made by the Bill to that Act, to a Welsh ministerial matter with

 

references to a devolved Welsh matter. Subsection (4) of the new clause inserted by amendment

 

NC2 defines a “devolved Welsh matter” so that, in addition to Welsh ministerial matters, it also

 

covers matters within the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales.

 

Anna Soubry

 

2

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  35,  leave out “in Wales” and insert “in relation to Wales”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment, amendments 5 and 8 and subsection (3) of the new clause inserted by amendment

 

NC2 replace references in the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008, and in the

 

amendments made by the Bill to that Act, to functions exercisable “in Wales” with references to


 
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