COMPETITION BILL [HL]FURTHER OBSERVATIONS
22. The Committee reported on this
Bill in November 1997.
Since then it has been amended, and next week the House will consider
amendments made by the House of Commons to the Bill. The Department
of Trade and Industry have helpfully provided a note on these
amendments, which is printed with this Report.
23. The Committee has considered
the amendments to clause 54 and the new Schedule, which add powers
which are subject to negative procedure. It has no comments to
make on these powers.
24. The Committee considered carefully
the new clause after clause 50, as it enables the Secretary of
State to prescribe the extent of the power conferred on him (by
prescribing the meaning of "land agreements" and "vertical
agreements"), but the power is made subject to affirmative
procedure and the Committee considers this an adequate safeguard.
25. There is nothing in the Commons
amendments which the Committee wishes to draw to the attention
of the House.
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