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31.—(1) An enforcement authority shall not be required to make an enforcement order in relation to any company, or to confirm a provisional enforcement order so made, if it is satisfied—

(a)that the contraventions were, or the apprehended contraventions are, of a trivial nature;

(b)that, in such circumstance or subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, the company has given, and is complying with, an undertaking to take all such steps as it appears to the enforcement authority for the time being to be appropriate for the company to take for the purpose of securing or facilitating compliance with the condition or requirement in question; or

(c)that the duties imposed on the enforcement authority by Part II preclude the making or, as the case may be, the confirmation of the order; F1...

F1(d). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F2(1A) Before making an enforcement order or confirming a provisional enforcement order under Article 30, the Authority shall consider whether it would be more appropriate to proceed under the Competition Act 1998.

(1B) The Authority shall not make an enforcement order or confirm a provisional enforcement order under that Article if it considers that it would be more appropriate to proceed under the Competition Act 1998.]

(2) The requirement to comply with an undertaking given for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b) shall be treated as a statutory requirement enforceable under Article 30—

(a)by the Department [F3or DOE] ; or

(b)with the consent of or in accordance with a general authorisation given by the Department [F4or DOE] , by the Authority.

(3) Where an enforcement authority, having notified a company that it is considering the making in relation to the company of an enforcement order or the confirmation of a provisional enforcement order so made, is satisfied as mentioned in sub-paragraph (a), (b)[F5or (c)] of paragraph (1)[F6or decides that it would be more appropriate to proceed under the Competition Act 1998], it shall—

(a)serve notice that it is so satisfied[F7or has so decided] on the company;

[F8(b)publish in such manner as the enforcement authority considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them—

(i)a copy of the notice, and

(ii)where the enforcement authority is satisfied as mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (1) above, a summary of the undertaking describing the steps to be taken in it; and]

(c)in a case where the enforcement authority is satisfied as mentioned in the said sub-paragraph (b), serve a copy of the notice and of the undertaking given for the purposes of that sub-paragraph on the other enforcement authority.

(4) The requirements of paragraph (3) shall not apply, in the case of any proposed order or confirmation in respect of a direction under Article 294, to the extent that the Secretary of State directs that they should not be complied with in the interests of national security.

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F1Art. 31(1)(d) and preceding word omitted (1.4.2014) by virtue of Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (c. 24), s. 103(3), Sch. 14 para. 28(2); S.I. 2014/416, art. 2(1)(e) (with Sch.)

F3Words in art. 31(2)(a) inserted (12.4.2016) by Environmental Better Regulation Act (NorthernIreland) 2016 (c. 13), ss. 19(5), 27(1) (with S.I. 2006/3336 (N.I. 21), art. 302A(1) (as inserted by 2016 c. 13 (N.I.), s. 23))

F4Words in art. 31(2)(b) inserted (12.4.2016) by Environmental Better Regulation Act (NorthernIreland) 2016 (c. 13), ss. 19(5), 27(1) (with S.I. 2006/3336 (N.I. 21), art. 302A(1) (as inserted by 2016 c. 13 (N.I.), s. 23))

Commencement Information

I1Art. 31 wholly in operation at 1.4.2007; art. 31 in operation at 1.1.2007 in so far as it confers power on a Northern Ireland department to make regulations or orders or makes provision with respect to the exercise of any such power, see art. 1(3)(e); art. 31 in operation at 1.4.2007 insofar as not already in operation by S.R. 2007/194, art. 2(2), Sch. 1 Pt. II (subject to art. 3, Sch. 2)

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