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Clause 11 - Advice

Part of Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 13th December 2012.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 12:30 pm, 13th December 2012

I appreciate what the Minister says about the adjudicator looking at a purely business-to-business transaction, but it does have a consumer impact, and it is not technically just a purely business-to-business transaction in the sense that there is no consumer involvement whatever. That was the main reason for the amendment.

On public awareness, I did not envisage television adverts like those we used to have in the 1960s and 1970s or that the adjudicator would be dealing with Government public awareness campaigns. I was merely responding to the dairy example raised by the hon. Member for Sherwood. That would have nothing to do with the adjudicator and the code because there was no breach, but if there was that level of public awareness, with people swamping the adjudicator, the adjudicator would be able to advise people that no code had been breached and would not, therefore, have to deal with the issue.