Amendment 65

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day) – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 13 March 2024.

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Lord Tyrie:

Tabled by Lord Tyrie

65: After Clause 141, insert the following new Clause—“Review of whistleblowing provisions(1) The Secretary of State must commission an independent review, chaired by someone appointed with the consent of the relevant Select Committee of the House of Commons, of the extent to which whistleblowers are adequately protected and supported under the competition and markets regime in the United Kingdom.(2) The review under subsection (1) must consider, but is not limited to assessments of—(a) whether existing protections are sufficient to encourage whistleblowers to act;(b) what protections exist in competition regimes in other jurisdictions;(c) whether further protections should be introduced and what form they should take;(d) any matter related to whistleblowing provisions that the relevant Select Committee of the House of Commons reasonably requests that the review consider.(3) The review under subsection (1) must be published and laid before Parliament within 12 months of the passing of this Act.(4) In this section “relevant Select Committee of the House of Commons” means the Business and Trade Select Committee and any successor.”

Photo of Lord Tyrie Lord Tyrie Chair, Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (Joint Committee)

This was all debated on Monday evening, but I am sure that many of us have already forgotten exactly what happened then. The amendment would secure a review for improving the prospects for effective whistleblowing. The case—in my view and, it seems, those of almost everybody who participated—is unanswerable. I was not surprised that the Government did not come forward with any effective answers to it, but I was surprised—

Photo of Lord Evans of Rainow Lord Evans of Rainow Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

My Lords, does the noble Lord wish to move the amendment or not? He already spoke to it on Monday, so he cannot speak once again.

Photo of Lord Tyrie Lord Tyrie Chair, Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (Joint Committee)

I do not wish to move the amendment.

Amendment 65 not moved.

Schedule 13: Orders and regulations under CA 1998 and EA 2002