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Amendments proposed to the Enterprise Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Ms Secretary Hewitt

187

Page     237     [Schedule     11],     leave out lines 32 and 33 and insert 'for the words from the beginning to "suitable" there is substituted "There are to be members of the Commission appointed by the Secretary of State to form a panel of persons available".'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

14

Page     131,     line     22     [Clause     181],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   An individual is only guilty of an offence under subsection (1) if he dishonestly agrees with one or more other persons to make or implement or cause to be made or implemented agreements which fall within section 2 of the 1998 Act and do not meet the criteria in section 9 of the 1998 Act'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

209

Page     132,     line     6     [Clause     181],     at end insert 'and evidence that in circumstances where subsection (a) applies a bid made by A is abnormally low shall be evidence of "bid-rigging arrangements".'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

15

Page     132,     line     10     [Clause     181],     at end insert—

    '(8)   It shall be a defence to the offence in section 179(1), if the arrangements in question:

      (a) contribute to improving the production or distribution of goods or to promoting technical or economic progress, while allowing consumers a fair share of the resulting benefit, and which does not:

      (b) impose on the undertakings concerned restrictions which are not indispensable to the attainment of these objectives;

      (c) do not afford such undertakings the possibility of eliminating competition in respect of a substantial part of the products in question.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

16

Page     132,     line     10     [Clause     181],     at end insert—

    '(9)   This section shall not enter into force until three years after the entry into force of the European Commission's reforms of Community competition law.'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

17

Page     133,     line     3     [Clause     183],     leave out 'to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

93

Page     134,     line     9     [Clause     186],     at end insert—

    '()   A notice under subsection (1) or (2) must indicate—

      (a) the subject matter and purpose of the investigation; and

      (b) the nature of the offences created by section 194.'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

94

Page     134,     line     11     [Clause     187],     leave out 'court' and insert 'High Court, or, in Scotland, by the procurator fiscal to the sheriff,'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

95

Page     134,     line     12     [Clause     187],     after 'judge' insert 'or the sheriff'.


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

96

Page     135,     line     3     [Clause     187],     leave out subsection (5).


   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

97

Page     138,     line     41     [Clause     194],     leave out '7' and insert '5'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

74

Page     144,     line     22,     leave out Clause 199.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

317

*Page     145,     line     15     [Clause     200],     after 'rules' insert 'and Articles 3 and 4 of the Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000, which provide for the exclusion from the Chapter 1 prohibition in cases involving vertical agreements.'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

Dr Vincent CableAlastair CarmichaelDr John Pugh

195

Page     147,     line     4     [Clause     204],     after '(2)', add 'or (2A) or (2B)'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

Dr Vincent CableAlastair CarmichaelDr John Pugh

196

Page     147,     line     26     [Clause     204],     at end add—

    '(2A)   An act or omission or course of conduct falls within this subsection if it amounts to the abuse by the person in question ("the supplier") of his superior knowledge or bargaining strength so that he:

      (a) unfairly induces consumers to enter into transactions which are not the result of free and informed decisions; or

      (b) unfairly hinders consumers from enforcing rights under any consumer transaction.

    (2B)   In considering whether an act, omission or course of conduct amounts to an abuse under subsection 2A, the court shall take into account all the circumstances, including the nature of the goods or services in question, the nature and extent of any commitments undertaken by the consumers in question and any lack of good faith on the part of the supplier, and the court may have regard to:

      (a) any representation made by the supplier, or failure to disclose information, which unreasonably prevents consumers from making adequate price or value comparisons between competing suppliers;

      (b) any exploitation by the supplier of consumers' inability to make free and informed decisions, or to enforce rights under contracts, because of physical or mental infirmity, inability to understand the language of the transaction or other vulnerability;

      (c) any failure by the supplier to comply with a consumer code of practice (as defined in section 8(4) of this Act) which he claims to follow;

      (d) any act or omission by the supplier which causes any unreasonable expense of time or money by consumers pursuing legitimate complaints or rights under contracts entered into with the supplier; and

      (e) any failure to keep consumers reasonably informed about matters relating to a contract for supply of services, or which might affect a decision whether or not to change suppliers.'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

320

*Page     158,     line     36     [Clause     222],     leave out from the beginning to 'Act' and insert 'Before the coming into force of this part of the'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

75

Page     167,     line     6,     leave out Clause 242.


   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

79

Page     243,     line     13     [Schedule     16],     after 'company', insert 'and the whole or part of its business'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

80

Page     243,     line     14     [Schedule     16],     after 'not', insert 'in his opinion'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Charles Hendry
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Mark Field

81

Page     243,     line     18     [Schedule     16],     after 'not', insert 'in his opinion'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

99

Page     243,     line     34     [Schedule     16],     after '96', insert 'and 99 to 101A'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

100

Page     243,     line     34     [Schedule     16],     leave out 'the replacement of' and insert 'replacement and additional'.

   

Ms Secretary Hewitt

101

Page     243,     line     41     [Schedule     16],     at end insert—

    '7A  (1) A person may not be appointed as administrator of a company which—

            (a)   has a liability in respect of a deposit which it accepted in accordance with the Banking Act 1979 (c.37) or 1987 (c.22), but

            (b)   is not an authorised deposit taker.

    (2) A person may not be appointed as administrator of a company which effects or carries out contracts of insurance.

    (3) But sub-paragraph (2) does not apply to a company which—

            (a)   is exempt from the general prohibition in relation to effecting or carrying out contracts of insurance, or

            (b)   is an authorised deposit taker effecting or carrying out contracts of insurance in the course of a banking business.

    (4) In this paragraph—

"authorised deposit taker" means a person with permission under Part IV of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (c.8) to accept deposits, and"the general prohibition" has the meaning given by section 19 of that Act.

    (5) This paragraph shall be construed in accordance with—

            (a)   section 22 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (classes of regulated activity and categories of investment),

            (b)   any relevant order under that section, and

            (c)   Schedule 2 to that Act (regulated activities).'.

 
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