Clause 76 - Interim undertakings

Enterprise Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 1 May 2002.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness) 11:00, 1 May 2002

I beg to move amendment No. 266, in page 56, line 20, after `section' insert—

`; and references to the acceptance or giving of undertakings under this section shall be construed accordingly'.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

The amendments seek to ensure that undertakings on orders accepted by the OFT that are then adopted by the Competition Commission or the Secretary of State are treated like other undertakings or orders. The technical amendments are needed because at various points in part 3 we refer to undertakings that have been accepted under clause 76 and orders that have been made under clause 77. However, undertakings on orders can also be adopted under those clauses if they have been previously accepted or agreed by the OFT. We therefore need to be clear that such orders should

be treated in the same way as other orders, to which they are in all respects equivalent.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 76, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.