Clause 12 - Written statements

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:15 pm ar 9 Rhagfyr 2021.

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

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

Statements of truth confirm the veracity of written statements submitted to the arbitrator, and they will be required to verify any written statements provided to the arbitrator—whether by one of the parties or another person—that relate to a matter relevant to the arbitration. An unverified written statement can be disregarded by the arbitrator. It is standard practice in arbitration processes to require a written statement to be verified by a statement of truth. That ensures that parties only make written statements that they believe to be true, ensuring that arbitral awards have a sound basis. I urge the Committee to support the clause.

Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

This is a welcome clause and one that we support. It is vital that statements given to the arbitrator are truthful. That will be crucial when viability is being assessed. Although we have expressed the importance of viable businesses being supported, we appreciate that this is a two-way street, and that businesses need to provide truthful and full information to the arbitrators, as, of course, do landlords. We support the clause.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 12 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Ordered, That the Order of the Committee of Tuesday 7 December be amended, in paragraph 1(b), by leaving out “and 2 pm”.—(Craig Whittaker.)

Ordered, That further consideration be now adjourned. —(Craig Whittaker.)

Adjourned till Tuesday 14 December at twenty-five minutes past Nine o’clock.

CRCB 04 Sir Paul Morgan, Arbitrator and Mediator, Wilberforce Chambers, Lincoln's Inn, London (further submission)

CRCB 05 Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

CRCB 06 Astrid Cruickshank, Lightstone Properties Ltd (supplementary submission)