Clause 60

Part of Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 19 June 2008.

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Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) 9:45, 19 June 2008

Clause 60 is important and the process of consultation is essential if sanctions are to work as part of the Bill. Subsections (1)(c) and (2) are particularly important in the context of consumers. Quite understandably, we have discussed the principal relationships between regulator and regulatee, but it is important to recognise a third significant group—consumers. The Minister is nodding.

It is extremely important to ensure that the interests of consumer organisations, such as the National Consumer Council or the Consumers Association—better known as Which?—are included in the process as those organisations do an excellent job of representing consumers’ interests. They represent the interests of many of our constituents, so it is extremely important that the measure is not simply confined to a narrow relationship between  the regulator and regulated—I think that is probably better English than regulatee; it is important that the provision goes further than that. We welcome that addition to the clause.