Clause 11 - Super-complaints to the OFT

Enterprise Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am ar 18 Ebrill 2002.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Amendment proposed [this day]: No. 23, in page 5, line 20, at end insert—

'(6A) The status of ''designated consumer body'' for the purposes of this section shall be renewed by the Secretary of State on an annual basis and revoked if he thinks fit.'.—[Mr. Waterson.]

Question again proposed, That the amendment be made.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry 2:30, 18 Ebrill 2002

The amendment would make the Secretary of State renew the status of designated consumer bodies on an annual basis. We intend that it should be done only as necessary when we and/or the Office of Fair Trading are worried about a designated body.

I appreciate the points made earlier by hon. Members but to make an annual review a legal requirement would place an unnecessary administrative burden on the Government and consumer bodies and be a bureaucratic addition to the Bill. As the hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Field) remarked, it could lead to more complaints than necessary as bodies attempt to justify their status. The amendment is unnecessary; we have the powers to withdraw the designation when and if necessary. I hope that hon. Members, having debated the subject and thought about it further may wish to withdraw the amendment. If they do not do so, I shall ask the Committee to oppose it.

Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Ceidwadwyr, Eastbourne

I welcome you back to the Chair, Mr. Conway.

If the Minister says that my amendment is unnecessary, who am I to argue? I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 11 ordered to stand part of the Bill.