Amendment 62A

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Report (3rd Day) – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 25th November 2020.

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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted:

Moved by Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted

62A: Clause 40, page 32, line 7, at end insert—“( ) Penalties under section 39(1) or (2) may not be imposed on small companies, as defined in section 382 of the Companies Act 2006 (companies qualifying as small: general), or on partnerships or other businesses with similar criteria.”

Photo of Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted Liberal Democrat

In moving this amendment, I am sorry that the Minister is not prepared to negotiate further about small businesses. I am also sorry that the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, and Labour do not seem to think that small businesses—which are the backbone of jobs and the economy in this country—are a sufficiently serious matter. I consider that allowing businesses to have the freedom to conduct their business without obstruction when they have done no wrong is quite a serious constitutional matter. Therefore, I wish to test the opinion of the House and to record my vote and those of my colleagues.

Ayes 155, Noes 249.

Division number 1 United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Report (3rd Day) — Amendment 62A

Aye: 155 Members of the House of Lords

No: 249 Members of the House of Lords

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Division conducted remotely on Amendment 62A

Amendment 62A disagreed.