Clause 23 - Extension of time-limits

Enterprise Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:45 pm ar 30 Ebrill 2002.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Ceidwadwyr, Huntingdon

I am interested to know how the Government arrived at the period of 20 days for an extension under clause 23(1).

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

In response to requests from business, we proposed that the parties involved and the OFT should be able to agree an extension of the deadline for reference by up to 20 working days. We are also looking at other aspects of the timetable, as the hon. Member for Huntingdon is aware, and there is provision for further extension for cases that might be dealt with by the European Commission.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 23 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Derek Conway Derek Conway Ceidwadwyr, Old Bexley and Sidcup

Before we canter through any more clauses, I must mention that when we come to the raft of amendments that have been debated, Government amendments will be put formally, but I do not intend

to call other amendments for a Division unless the hon. Members in whose name they were tabled have indicated to the Clerk that they want a Division.

Clauses 24 and 25 ordered to stand part of the Bill.