‘(1) Except where otherwise provided, the functions of the CMA with respect to appeals under section 207A are to be carried out on behalf of the CMA by a group constituted for the purpose by the chair of the CMA under Schedule 4 to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.’.
Schedule 6—[ Interruption. ] The hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife was prescient in claiming that, from time to time, inspiration strikes me. He can see a little something move across my eyes. There is an aura about me that I am receiving something important. Maybe one of those moments has just arrived.
This group of amendments inserts a provision that requires the chair of the Competition and Markets Authority to set up a specialist panel under schedule 4 to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 to hear appeals against Ofwat’s decisions to make changes to codes. That replaces a similar provision for the CMA to carry out its functions in accordance with part II of schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998, which will be repealed by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 in April 2014 when the functions of the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission are transferred to the CMA. The amendments bring the wording on regulatory appeals into line with provisions for appeals on changes to some energy codes. Those provisions are amended by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.