Clause 44 - References under section 43: supplementary

Enterprise Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:00 pm ar 30 Ebrill 2002.

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Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry 6:00, 30 Ebrill 2002

I beg to move amendment No. 263, in page 30, line 33, leave out ''that section'' and insert ''section 43''.

I commend the amendment to the Committee. It seeks to clarify that the Competition Commission will consider relevant customer benefits only where it has identified a substantial lessening of competition. The purpose of taking account of relevant customer benefits is to ensure that the authorities have regard to them in light of the detriment created by any substantial lessening of competition. Where there is no such lessening, the case will be decided on the relevant public interest considerations only.

I am sorry, Mr. Conway. I have just spoken to amendment No. 180 instead of amendment No. 263, for which I apologise to the Committee. Amendment No. 263 clarifies which clause is referred to in subsection (1)(b). There is nothing further to say about it.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 44, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.