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European Communities - Tenth Report

Here you can browse the report and appendices of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 4 March 1997.

CONTENTS



Description Paragraph
PART 1 INTRODUCTION 1
Structure of the Report 9

PART 2 MAIN ISSUES 10
Outline of the proposal 10
Vienna Sales Convention 12
Benefits claimed-witnesses' general reactions to the proposal 15
Extent of cross-border shopping 20
Impact on UK law 23
  Article 3(1) 27
  Article 3(3) 32
  Article 3(4) 38
  (i) The new remedies 39
  (ii) The right of rescission or replacement-the one year rule 44
  (iii) The question of choice-the risk of abuse 48
  (iv) Minor lack of conformity 52
  (v) Damages 56
  Article 5 57
Implementation 65
The extent of any harmonisation 67
Costs 70
Competition and Competitiveness 75
Environmental implications 77
Employment 78
Legal base 79
Subsidiarity 81
PART 3 OPINION 82
Feasibility of harmonisation 83
The Community's power to act 84
Is the Directive necessary? 85
Extent of harmonisation 89
Benefits and detriments 90
Impact on domestic law and practice 91
  (i) Scope of application of the Directive 92
  (ii) Nature and extent of the remedies proposed
    Article 3(1) 93
    Article 3(3) 95
    Article 3(4) 96
    Damages 105
  (iii) Commercial Guarantees 106
Impact on laws of other Member States 110
Costs etc 111
The drafting of the Directive 112
Access to justice 113
Implementation 114
General Conclusion 116
PART 4 DETAILED ANALYSIS 117
Article 1-Definitions 118
  (a) Consumer 119
  (b) Consumer goods 122
  (c) Seller 130
  (d) Guarantee 133
Article 2-Conformity with the contract137
  Description 141
  Fitness for purpose 142
  Quality and performance 143
Article 3(1) 151
Article 3(5) 153
Article 4-Obligations of the consumer
  Article 4(1)-the requirement to give notice 158
  Article 4(2) 166
Article 6 168
PART 5 SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS 170
General 170
Detailed recommendations
  Article 1 180
  Article 2 180
  Article 3(1) 180
  Article 3(4) 180
  Article 3(5) 180
  Article 4(1) 180
  Article 4(2) 180
  Article 5(1) 180
  Article 5(2) 180
  Article 6 180
Consumer protection in the United Kingdom 181
Recommendation 182

APPENDIX 1-Members of Sub-Committee E (Law and Institutions)
APPENDIX 2-List of Witnesses
APPENDIX 3-Explanatory Memorandum
  I GENERAL
  II JUSTIFICATION OF THE PROPOSAL IN THE LIGHT OF THE SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE
  III DETAILED COMMENTS ON THE ARTICLES
  PROPOSAL FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL DIRECTIVE
  IMPACT STATEMENT
APPENDIX 4-Provisions of Domestic and International Sales Legislation
referred to in the Report
APPENDIX 5-Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations



 
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