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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 am not sure that our amendment would involve the public in the code as such; it merely proposes that the adjudicator may give advice to the public. Clause 11, as it currently stands—and we are back to the “may” or “must” argument that we had before—says:

“The Adjudicator may give advice on any matter relating to the Groceries Code to suppliers or large retailers.”

Our amendment would mean that the adjudicator could give advice to the public on the workings of the code. That, in our opinion, would be beneficial. If we think back to question of the hon. Member for Sherwood about the dairy issue that arose earlier this year, under this amendment the public might have been able to get some information from the adjudicator directly about that particular issue.