New Clause 8 - Annual report of Commission

Enterprise Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:45 am ar 16 Mai 2002.

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'After paragraph 12 of Schedule 7 to the 1998 Act (the Competition Commission) there is inserted—

''Annual reports

12A (1) The Commission shall make to the Secretary of State a report for each financial year on its activities during the year

(2) The annual report must be made before the end of August next following the financial year to which it relates.

(3) The Secretary of State shall lay a copy of the annual report before Parliament and arrange for the report to be published.''.'.—[Miss Melanie Johnson.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question proposed, That the clause be read a Second time.

Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Ceidwadwyr, Eastbourne

We need not detain the Committee long. It is sensible that any public body produce an annual report so that we can get to grips with what it is doing. My hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley) was eager to debate this, but I understand that he is indisposed and, sadly, will not be able to do so. The

burden of his song was to ask what the Competition Commission will be doing that warrants an annual report. However, we covered that ground in sometimes hilarious detail on a previous occasion, so I shall not pursue the matter.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.