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Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the results of their review into the role and remit of the Grocery Code Adjudicator; and whether the Adjudicator will have powers to (1) investigate alleged breaches of the Code on her own initiative, and (2) increase the level of fines in the event of a breach of the Code.
The Government published the statutory review of the Grocery Code Adjudicator on 19 July. This review considered the Grocery Code Adjudicator’s performance within the current remit.
The Government separately launched a Call for Evidence to consider whether the remit should be extended. The Government is considering the evidence submitted through the Call for Evidence including considering the position of indirect suppliers within the dairy sector. The Government will respond in due course.
The Grocery Code Adjudicator can already investigate suspected breaches of the Code. It has published statutory guidance on how it will carry out investigation and enforcement functions on GOV.UK (GCA Statutory Guidance on Enforcement and Investigations).
The review decided that the maximum level of fines the Grocery Code Adjudicator could impose would not be amended at this time.