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Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I am delighted to answer the noble Lord's question. Fines can be introduced within six months or so of the need being identified. I thought that I had just said that but I am very happy to repeat it. Amendment 16 agreed. Amendments 17 and 18 not moved. Clause 10 : Recovery of investigation costs Amendments 19 and 20 not moved. Clause 11 : Advice Amendment 21 Moved by Lord Howard of Rising...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I have sympathy for the spirit of all three amendments. On Amendments 21 and 22, we certainly consider that an important role of the adjudicator will be to provide advice and guidance. That is why we have included these clauses. It is clearly better if the adjudicator can encourage compliance with the code through light-touch means, such as advice, rather than by enforcing it after...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I would like to propose government Amendment 28. I am sure that noble Lords will agree, whatever their perspective on the adjudicator, that it would be appropriate and helpful for a copy of his or her annual report to be laid before Parliament. This should improve scrutiny of the adjudicator both here and in the other place. I hope that noble Lords will welcome this, whether they...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the question of appeals is important and I can fully understand the desire of my noble friends Lord Howard of Rising and Lord Eccles to return to it at this stage of the Bill. However, although we have considered the matter carefully, the Government's position remains unchanged. Financial penalties clearly deserve a full merits right of appeal and the Bill provides for this....

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the question of financial penalties has been central to our deliberations on the Bill. It is, as we have heard today, an important question. The Government have consistently stated their view that financial penalties should be a reserve power, but that it should be possible to bring them in quickly if they prove to be necessary. At Second Reading and in Committee a number of noble...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I do not want anyone to think we are lukewarm. We introduced this Bill as a priority and did so as soon as possible in this Session. Ever since we started discussing the establishment of an adjudicator, people have been concerned to know whether the adjudicator will have teeth. Central to that discussion has been financial penalties: should they be available at all, should they be a...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, as I said in Committee, the reports that the adjudicator must publish at the end of each investigation are a vital part of his or her accountability, and an important way of keeping retailers, suppliers and consumers informed of his or her work. While I can understand the intention behind the amendment of my noble friend Lord Howard of Rising, I am not sure that it is necessary. If...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the question of who should be able to complain to the adjudicator has been discussed extensively: in consultation, at pre-legislative scrutiny, at Second Reading and in Committee. Along with most noble Lords who have spoken on this issue, the Government consider that the adjudicator should be able to consider evidence from any relevant source when deciding whether to commence an...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, in Committee my noble friend Lady Byford raised an important question about when the adjudicator should pay travel expenses, which received a great deal of support from the Committee. She asked whether the 10-mile threshold on paying travel expenses was appropriate in rural areas, given that in such areas public transport is often very limited. This amendment is in both our names...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, and the noble Lord, Lord Browne, for these amendments. Regarding the amendment tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for reasons I shall explain, we do not believe it should be possible for third parties to refer disputes to arbitration. Clause 2 simply supplements the arbitration provisions in the groceries supply order 2009. Article 11 of the...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, on the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Browne, I appreciate that the Competition and Markets Authority, when established, is likely to take on the functions of the OFT and the Competition Commission that are relevant to the adjudicator. The Bill will eventually need to be amended to reflect this. We were very grateful for the noble Lord's understanding attitude in...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, before I get any further I would like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Cameron, for supporting me, and I will of course respond to the noble Lord, Lord Knight, as well. First, however, I would like to respond to the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, by saying that the role he mentioned is much more significant to the economy as a whole; whereas this role, as he acknowledges, is much more...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I hope that I have not been too wordy in my response. It is just that there was a real point of principle here. I felt it was worth going over the ground to make sure I had made it clear that we did not feel that these amendments were relevant at this time. I repeat that responsibility for oversight of the code lies with the Office of Fair Trading under Section 162 of the Enterprise Act, not...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: I am always nervous arguing with the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, given his experience as a Minister and the fact that he was head of the National Consumer Council, a role that I also held. I know the breadth of his knowledge on this subject, which is why I took such a long time to give my answer. This is as far as I can go. I hope that when the noble Lord reads in Hansard that the Bill already...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I understand that the noble Lord, Lord Grantchester, is eager to see a living code that will be responsive to the adjudicator's experience of the groceries market. Other noble Lords have said they feel the same way, and I understand those concerns. I would like to discuss the noble Lord's specific amendments but shall first address the issue of principle at stake here. The...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the issue of plain English was raised at Second Reading. It was revisited at some length in Committee. The Government have considered this further. Noble Lords will recall that we discussed the possibility of saying, "There will be an adjudicator" or "There shall be an adjudicator". I am glad to say that the proposal in the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Browne, is...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Retail and Manufacturing (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My honourable friend the Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs (Norman Lamb) has today made the following Statement. The Government are committed under the Red Tape Challenge to reduce the burden of regulation which acts as a barrier to growth. Unnecessary regulation has to be removed especially if it is outdated and no longer applies. We are today laying before the...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Community Learning Trusts (13 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My honourable friend the Minister for Further Education and Lifelong Learning (John Hayes) has today made the following Statement. In December 2011, New Challenges, New Chances, the Government's reform plan for further education and skills, set out the department's intention to pilot a range of community learning trust models from August 2012, against the background of revived and strong...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: EU: Partnership Agreements (13 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My honourable friend the Minister for Business and Enterprise (Mark Prisk) has today made the following Statement. The Government are considering how best to deliver the 2014-20 programme for the European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Within a smaller overall EU budget, our aims...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Export Control (13 Jul 2012)

Baroness Wilcox: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Dr Vince Cable) has today made the following Statement. Further to my Written Ministerial Statement of 7 February on strategic export controls, I would like to update the House on progress implementing the three proposals to increase the transparency of the export licensing process. The three proposals...


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