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Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (14 May 2024)

Viscount Camrose: .... I thank the noble Lord for his engagement with me and the Bill team on this important topic. The noble Lord has asked for clarification that the “indispensability” standard in Section 9 of the Competition Act 1998, and the wording, “those benefits could not be realised without the conduct”, are equivalent to each other. I want to be clear that the exemption within this regime and...

Automated Vehicles Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 - Report on use of personal data in relation to automated vehicles ( 1 May 2024)

Bill Esterson: ..., or withheld in real time from other market players. That was recognised by the Competition and Markets Authority in the guidance on motor vehicle agreements published in June 2023 to accompany the Competition Act 1998 (Motor Vehicle Agreements Block Exemption) Order 2023. The guidance states: “In particular, the advent of ‘connected vehicles’ places suppliers of motor vehicles in a...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clause 19 - Power to impose conduct requirements (30 Apr 2024)

Chris Bryant: ...of those benefits”. I will make two points in this area. First, as I think everybody accepts, the “indispensable” standard is a well-understood concept in UK competition law: it is used in the Competition Act 1998, which I do not believe to be as outmoded as some Members have suggested. Secondly, the courts would interpret Parliament’s deliberate move away from an existing,...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 12 (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Black of Brentwood: ...purpose of the legislation. On the issue of precision, it is hard to see how a move away from a well-established and understood legal concept can add clarity in this area. Since its adoption in the Competition Act 1998, as my noble friend Lord Lansley said, the indispensability standard has been tested extensively, meaning that designated firms, third parties and the CMA alike would have a...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Etherton: ...same breach, whether or not they are aware of their right to damages or other relief, unless they take steps to opt out. Provision for collective proceedings, or class actions, already exists in the Competition Act 1998, as amended by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, for breaches of competition law. My Amendment 49 would extend that provision to the rights of civil action given to consumers...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Competition: Unfair Practices ( 5 Mar 2024)

Lord Johnson of Lainston: Price fixing and collusion, in any sector, is illegal under the Competition Act 1998. The Competition and Markets Authority, the “CMA”, is responsible for investigating anti-competitive practices. As an independent authority, the CMA has discretion to investigate competition cases which, according to its prioritisation principles, it considers most appropriate. The Digital Markets...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Dec 2023)

Lord Etherton: ...requirements and pro-competition interventions to comply with their obligations. Provision for collective proceedings—which, colloquially, are generally called class actions—is made in the Competition Act 1998, as amended by the Consumer Rights Act 2015. That provision, however, applies only to breaches of competition law. For these reasons, I would urge the Government to make...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Schedule 9 - Civil penalties etc in connection with breaches of remedies (20 Nov 2023)

...commitments or comply with the direction.” This amendment improves the clarity of this provision and makes it clear that the CMA can only impose a penalty on an individual under section 35B of the Competition Act 1998 (inserted by paragraph 6 of Schedule 9 to the Bill) for failing to comply with a direction in cases where the direction was given to the person. Amendment 159, page 268,...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: New Clause 7 - Repeal of exclusions relating to the European Coal and Steel Community (20 Nov 2023)

...4) In section 19 (Chapter 2: excluded cases) omit subsection (3).” This new clause (which would be inserted into Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Bill) would repeal paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 to the Competition Act 1998, which has been redundant since the expiry of the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community.—(Kevin Hollinrake.) Brought up, and read the First time.

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: New Clause 5 - Collective submissions (20 Nov 2023)

Robert Buckland: ...of the problems in, in effect, handing considerable power to the new digital markets unit is that the legal landscape relating to this activity is unformed. Unlike the landscape that underpinned the Competition Act 1998, we do not have the advantage of years of EU and UK court interpretation that was then applied by guidelines issued by the CMA.

Bills Presented: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill ( 8 Nov 2023)

...Lucy Frazer, Kevin Hollinrake, Paul Scully, Gareth Davies, Julia Lopez and Sir John Whittingdale, presented a Bill to provide for the regulation of competition in digital markets; to amend the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise Act 2002 and to make other provision about competition law; to make provision relating to the protection of consumer rights and to confer further such rights;...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clause 136 - Civil penalties etc in connection with competition matters (27 Jun 2023)

Paul Scully: The final clauses in part 2 concern measures that cut across the Competition and Markets Authority’s competition tools. Clause 136 introduces schedules 8 to 10 to the Bill. The Competition Act 1998 and parts 3 and 4 of the Enterprise Act 2002 already allow the CMA to impose civil penalties for non-compliance with information requirements. The destruction of documents that have been required...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clauses 116 - Removal of requirement for agreements etc to be implemented in the UK (27 Jun 2023)

Paul Scully: ...focuses on the UK’s existing competition regime. First, I will explain that while the CMA is the principal regulator responsible for the public enforcement of the prohibitions in part 1 of the Competition Act 1998, its functions are also exercisable concurrently by sector regulators, such as Ofgem and Ofcom, among others. The measures in clauses 116 to 120 and clause 135, and when we...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clause 91 - Destroying or falsifying information (27 Jun 2023)

Paul Scully: Let me cover the criminal offences in the regime, which largely mirror existing powers that the Competition and Markets Authority has in the Competition Act 1998. Criminal liability is important for deterring serious acts of misconduct in the context of information gathering and compliance monitoring, and will help to ensure that the digital markets unit can access relevant information....

Public Bill Committee: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clause 97 - Director disqualification (27 Jun 2023)

Paul Scully: ...strategic market status, where that firm has breached the digital markets regime. That will allow the DMU to use the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, as the CMA does currently under the Competition Act 1998, when an SMS firm infringes the regime and the director’s conduct makes them unfit to be involved in the management of a company. That helps to protect UK businesses and...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clause 102 - Extension etc of periods (27 Jun 2023)

Paul Scully: ...fulfil their role. Clause 111 ensures that the CMA is protected against legal action for defamation as a result of delivering the digital markets regime. This matches long-standing provision in the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise Act 2002. Clause 112 sets out how the CMA must undertake its duties to consult and publish statements online in the course of delivering the digital...

Online Safety Bill - Committee (10th Day) (Continued): Amendment 242 (22 Jun 2023)

Baroness Merron: ...group of amendments is intended to provide better protections for service providers, their users and the wider public, alongside processes that should mean fewer delays and greater efficiency. The Competition Act 1998 permits appeals of Ofcom’s decisions to be made additionally on account of an error of fact, an error of law or an error of the exercise of its discretion. The current...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clause 69 - Power of access (22 Jun 2023)

Alex Davies-Jones: ...CMA the power to require any individual to attend an interview and answer questions for the purposes of a digital markets investigation. That is consistent with the amendments to section 26A of the Competition Act 1998. We welcome those, so it is only right that the powers appear in this legislation, too. These are basic powers and the clause is fairly procedural. The CMA must have the...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clause 26 - Power to begin a conduct investigation (20 Jun 2023)

Alex Davies-Jones: ...an exhaustive or non-exhaustive list of acceptable grounds for exemption. Broadly speaking, though, Labour welcomes the Government’s approach, which has similarities with the approach taken in the Competition Act 1998. It would be remiss of me not to remind the Minister that that important Act came into being thanks to a Labour Government. The reality is that Labour has always been...

Public Bill Committee: Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill: Clause 1 - Overview (20 Jun 2023)

Paul Scully: .... Secondly, I will use the words “firm” and “undertaking” interchangeably. “Undertaking” is the word used in this part of the Bill and is an economic concept that is already used in the Competition Act 1998. The concept of an undertaking covers any person engaged in economic activity, regardless of its legal status and the way in which it is financed. “Persons” may be...


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