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Competition Act 1998

1998 CHAPTER 41

An Act to make provision about competition and the abuse of a dominant position in the market; to confer powers in relation to investigations conducted in connection with Article 85 or 86 of the treaty establishing the European Community; to amend the Fair Trading Act 1973 in relation to information which may be required in connection with investigations under that Act; to make provision with respect to the meaning of “supply of services” in the Fair Trading Act 1973; and for connected purposes.

[9th November 1998]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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C1Act: power to modify conferred (prosp.) by Enterprise Act 2002 (c. 40), ss. 209(1), 279

Part IE+W+S+N.I. Competition

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C2Pt. I: certain functions made exercisable concurrently (26.11.1998 for certain purposes andprosp. otherwise) by 1984 c. 12, s. 50(3) (as substituted by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. II para. 2(6) (with s. 73); S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2)

C3Pt. I (except ss. 38(1)-(6), 51) amended (1.2.2001) by 2000 c. 38, ss. 86(1)(3), 89 (with ss. 105(2)(d)(5), 106); S.I. 2001/57, art. 3(1), Sch. 2 Pt. I

C4Pt. I (except ss. 38(1)-(6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54) amended (1.2.2001) by 2000 c. 38, s. 86(4)(b)(5) (with ss. 105(2)(d)(5), 106); S.I. 2001/57, art. 3(1), Sch. 2 Pt. I

Pt. I (except ss. 38(1)-(6), 51) amended (1.2.2001) by 2000 c. 38, s. 86(7)(b) (with ss. 105(2)(d)(5), 106); S.I. 2001/57, art. 3(1), Sch. 2 Pt. I

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IntroductionE+W+S+N.I.

1 Enactments replaced.E+W+S+N.I.

The following shall cease to have effect—

(a)the Restrictive Practices Court Act 1976 (c. 33),

(b)the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 (c. 34),

(c)the Resale Prices Act 1976 (c. 53), and

(d)the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1977 (c. 19).

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Commencement Information

I1S. 1 partly in force; s. 1 was not in force at Royal Assent, see. s. 76(2)(3); s. 1(b) to (d) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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2 Agreements etc. preventing, restricting or distorting competition.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to section 3, agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings or concerted practices which—

(a)may affect trade within the United Kingdom, and

(b)have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the United Kingdom,

are prohibited unless they are exempt in accordance with the provisions of this Part.

(2)Subsection (1) applies, in particular, to agreements, decisions or practices which—

(a)directly or indirectly fix purchase or selling prices or any other trading conditions;

(b)limit or control production, markets, technical development or investment;

(c)share markets or sources of supply;

(d)apply dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with other trading parties, thereby placing them at a competitive disadvantage;

(e)make the conclusion of contracts subject to acceptance by the other parties of supplementary obligations which, by their nature or according to commercial usage, have no connection with the subject of such contracts.

(3)Subsection (1) applies only if the agreement, decision or practice is, or is intended to be, implemented in the United Kingdom.

(4)Any agreement or decision which is prohibited by subsection (1) is void.

(5)A provision of this Part which is expressed to apply to, or in relation to, an agreement is to be read as applying equally to, or in relation to, a decision by an association of undertakings or a concerted practice (but with any necessary modifications).

(6)Subsection (5) does not apply where the context otherwise requires.

(7)In this section “the United Kingdom” means, in relation to an agreement which operates or is intended to operate only in a part of the United Kingdom, that part.

(8)The prohibition imposed by subsection (1) is referred to in this Act as “the Chapter I prohibition”.

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3 Excluded agreements.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply in any of the cases in which it is excluded by or as a result of—

(a)Schedule 1 (mergers and concentrations);

(b)Schedule 2 (competition scrutiny under other enactments);

(c)Schedule 3 (planning obligations and other general exclusions); or

(d)Schedule 4 (professional rules).

(2)The Secretary of State may at any time by order amend Schedule 1, with respect to the Chapter I prohibition, by—

(a)providing for one or more additional exclusions; or

(b)amending or removing any provision (whether or not it has been added by an order under this subsection).

(3)The Secretary of State may at any time by order amend Schedule 3, with respect to the Chapter I prohibition, by—

(a)providing for one or more additional exclusions; or

(b)amending or removing any provision—

(i)added by an order under this subsection; or

(ii)included in paragraph 1, 2, 8 or 9 of Schedule 3.

(4)The power under subsection (3) to provide for an additional exclusion may be exercised only if it appears to the Secretary of State that agreements which fall within the additional exclusion—

(a)do not in general have an adverse effect on competition, or

(b)are, in general, best considered under Chapter II or the M1Fair Trading Act 1973.

(5)An order under subsection (2)(a) or (3)(a) may include provision (similar to that made with respect to any other exclusion provided by the relevant Schedule) for the exclusion concerned to cease to apply to a particular agreement.

(6)Schedule 3 also gives the Secretary of State power to exclude agreements from the Chapter I prohibition in certain circumstances.

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Commencement Information

I2S. 3 wholly in force; s. 3 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); s. 3(1)(b) in force for certain purposes at 11.1.1999 and s. 3(1)(a)(c)(d)(2)-(6) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; s. 3(1)(b) fully in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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4 Individual exemptions.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Director may grant an exemption from the Chapter I prohibition with respect to a particular agreement if—

(a)a request for an exemption has been made to him under section 14 by a party to the agreement; and

(b)the agreement is one to which section 9 applies.

(2)An exemption granted under this section is referred to in this Part as an individual exemption.

(3)The exemption—

(a)may be granted subject to such conditions or obligations as the Director considers it appropriate to impose; and

(b)has effect for such period as the Director considers appropriate.

(4)That period must be specified in the grant of the exemption.

(5)An individual exemption may be granted so as to have effect from a date earlier than that on which it is granted.

(6)On an application made in such way as may be specified by rules under section 51, the Director may extend the period for which an exemption has effect; but, if the rules so provide, he may do so only in specified circumstances.

5 Cancellation etc. of individual exemptions.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)If the Director has reasonable grounds for believing that there has been a material change of circumstance since he granted an individual exemption, he may by notice in writing—

(a)cancel the exemption;

(b)vary or remove any condition or obligation; or

(c)impose one or more additional conditions or obligations.

(2)If the Director has a reasonable suspicion that the information on which he based his decision to grant an individual exemption was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular, he may by notice in writing take any of the steps mentioned in subsection (1).

(3)Breach of a condition has the effect of cancelling the exemption.

(4)Failure to comply with an obligation allows the Director, by notice in writing, to take any of the steps mentioned in subsection (1).

(5)Any step taken by the Director under subsection (1), (2) or (4) has effect from such time as may be specified in the notice.

(6)If an exemption is cancelled under subsection (2) or (4), the date specified in the notice cancelling it may be earlier than the date on which the notice is given.

(7)The Director may act under subsection (1), (2) or (4) on his own initiative or on a complaint made by any person.

6 Block exemptions.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)If agreements which fall within a particular category of agreement are, in the opinion of the Director, likely to be agreements to which section 9 applies, the Director may recommend that the Secretary of State make an order specifying that category for the purposes of this section.

(2)The Secretary of State may make an order (“a block exemption order”) giving effect to such a recommendation—

(a)in the form in which the recommendation is made; or

(b)subject to such modifications as he considers appropriate.

(3)An agreement which falls within a category specified in a block exemption order is exempt from the Chapter I prohibition.

(4)An exemption under this section is referred to in this Part as a block exemption.

(5)A block exemption order may impose conditions or obligations subject to which a block exemption is to have effect.

(6)A block exemption order may provide—

(a)that breach of a condition imposed by the order has the effect of cancelling the block exemption in respect of an agreement;

(b)that if there is a failure to comply with an obligation imposed by the order, the Director may, by notice in writing, cancel the block exemption in respect of the agreement;

(c)that if the Director considers that a particular agreement is not one to which section 9 applies, he may cancel the block exemption in respect of that agreement.

(7)A block exemption order may provide that the order is to cease to have effect at the end of a specified period.

(8)In this section and section 7 “specified” means specified in a block exemption order.

7 Block exemptions: opposition.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A block exemption order may provide that a party to an agreement which—

(a)does not qualify for the block exemption created by the order, but

(b)satisfies specified criteria,

may notify the Director of the agreement for the purposes of subsection (2).

(2)An agreement which is notified under any provision included in a block exemption order by virtue of subsection (1) is to be treated, as from the end of the notice period, as falling within a category specified in a block exemption order unless the Director—

(a)is opposed to its being so treated; and

(b)gives notice in writing to the party concerned of his opposition before the end of that period.

(3)If the Director gives notice of his opposition under subsection (2), the notification under subsection (1) is to be treated as both notification under section 14 and as a request for an individual exemption made under subsection (3) of that section.

(4)In this section “notice period” means such period as may be specified with a view to giving the Director sufficient time to consider whether to oppose under subsection (2).

8 Block exemptions: procedure.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Before making a recommendation under section 6(1), the Director must—

(a)publish details of his proposed recommendation in such a way as he thinks most suitable for bringing it to the attention of those likely to be affected; and

(b)consider any representations about it which are made to him.

(2)If the Secretary of State proposes to give effect to such a recommendation subject to modifications, he must inform the Director of the proposed modifications and take into account any comments made by the Director.

(3)If, in the opinion of the Director, it is appropriate to vary or revoke a block exemption order he may make a recommendation to that effect to the Secretary of State.

(4)Subsection (1) also applies to any proposed recommendation under subsection (3).

(5)Before exercising his power to vary or revoke a block exemption order (in a case where there has been no recommendation under subsection (3)), the Secretary of State must—

(a)inform the Director of the proposed variation or revocation; and

(b)take into account any comments made by the Director.

(6)A block exemption order may provide for a block exemption to have effect from a date earlier than that on which the order is made.

9 The criteria for individual and block exemptions.E+W+S+N.I.

This section applies to any agreement which—

(a)contributes to—

(i)improving production or distribution, or

(ii)promoting technical or economic progress,

while allowing consumers a fair share of the resulting benefit; but

(b)does not—

(i)impose on the undertakings concerned restrictions which are not indispensable to the attainment of those objectives; or

(ii)afford the undertakings concerned the possibility of eliminating competition in respect of a substantial part of the products in question.

10 Parallel exemptions.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)An agreement is exempt from the Chapter I prohibition if it is exempt from the Community prohibition—

(a)by virtue of a Regulation,

(b)because it has been given exemption by the Commission, or

(c)because it has been notified to the Commission under the appropriate opposition or objection procedure and—

(i)the time for opposing, or objecting to, the agreement has expired and the Commission has not opposed it; or

(ii)the Commission has opposed, or objected to, the agreement but has withdrawn its opposition or objection.

(2)An agreement is exempt from the Chapter I prohibition if it does not affect trade between Member States but otherwise falls within a category of agreement which is exempt from the Community prohibition by virtue of a Regulation.

(3)An exemption from the Chapter I prohibition under this section is referred to in this Part as a parallel exemption.

(4)A parallel exemption—

(a)takes effect on the date on which the relevant exemption from the Community prohibition takes effect or, in the case of a parallel exemption under subsection (2), would take effect if the agreement in question affected trade between Member States; and

(b)ceases to have effect—

(i)if the relevant exemption from the Community prohibition ceases to have effect; or

(ii)on being cancelled by virtue of subsection (5) or (7).

(5)In such circumstances and manner as may be specified in rules made under section 51, the Director may—

(a)impose conditions or obligations subject to which a parallel exemption is to have effect;

(b)vary or remove any such condition or obligation;

(c)impose one or more additional conditions or obligations;

(d)cancel the exemption.

(6)In such circumstances as may be specified in rules made under section 51, the date from which cancellation of an exemption is to take effect may be earlier than the date on which notice of cancellation is given.

(7)Breach of a condition imposed by the Director has the effect of cancelling the exemption.

(8)In exercising his powers under this section, the Director may require any person who is a party to the agreement in question to give him such information as he may require.

(9)For the purpose of this section references to an agreement being exempt from the Community prohibition are to be read as including references to the prohibition being inapplicable to the agreement by virtue of a Regulation or a decision by the Commission.

(10)In this section—

  • the Community prohibition” means the prohibition contained in—

    (a)

    paragraph 1 of Article 85;

    (b)

    any corresponding provision replacing, or otherwise derived from, that provision;

    (c)

    such other Regulation as the Secretary of State may by order specify; and

  • Regulation” means a Regulation adopted by the Commission or by the Council.

(11)This section has effect in relation to the prohibition contained in paragraph 1 of Article 53 of the EEA Agreement (and the EFTA Surveillance Authority) as it has effect in relation to the Community prohibition (and the Commission) subject to any modifications which the Secretary of State may by order prescribe.

11 Exemption for certain other agreements.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The fact that a ruling may be given by virtue of Article 88 of the Treaty on the question whether or not agreements of a particular kind are prohibited by Article 85 does not prevent such agreements from being subject to the Chapter I prohibition.

(2)But the Secretary of State may by regulations make such provision as he considers appropriate for the purpose of granting an exemption from the Chapter I prohibition, in prescribed circumstances, in respect of such agreements.

(3)An exemption from the Chapter I prohibition by virtue of regulations under this section is referred to in this Part as a section 11 exemption.

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12 Requests for Director to examine agreements.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Sections 13 and 14 provide for an agreement to be examined by the Director on the application of a party to the agreement who thinks that it may infringe the Chapter I prohibition.

(2)Schedule 5 provides for the procedure to be followed—

(a)by any person making such an application; and

(b)by the Director, in considering such an application.

(3)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision as to the application of sections 13 to 16 and Schedule 5, with such modifications (if any) as may be prescribed, in cases where the Director—

(a)has given a direction withdrawing an exclusion; or

(b)is considering whether to give such a direction.

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Commencement Information

I3S. 12 wholly in force; s. 12 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); s. 12(3) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; s. 12(1)(2) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

13 Notification for guidance.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A party to an agreement who applies for the agreement to be examined under this section must—

(a)notify the Director of the agreement; and

(b)apply to him for guidance.

(2)On an application under this section, the Director may give the applicant guidance as to whether or not, in his view, the agreement is likely to infringe the Chapter I prohibition.

(3)If the Director considers that the agreement is likely to infringe the prohibition if it is not exempt, his guidance may indicate—

(a)whether the agreement is likely to be exempt from the prohibition under—

(i)a block exemption;

(ii)a parallel exemption; or

(iii)a section 11 exemption; or

(b)whether he would be likely to grant the agreement an individual exemption if asked to do so.

(4)If an agreement to which the prohibition applies has been notified to the Director under this section, no penalty is to be imposed under this Part in respect of any infringement of the prohibition by the agreement which occurs during the period—

(a)beginning with the date on which notification was given; and

(b)ending with such date as may be specified in a notice in writing given to the applicant by the Director when the application has been determined.

(5)The date specified in a notice under subsection (4)(b) may not be earlier than the date on which the notice is given.

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C6S. 13 applied (with modifications) (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/263, art. 4

14 Notification for a decision.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A party to an agreement who applies for the agreement to be examined under this section must—

(a)notify the Director of the agreement; and

(b)apply to him for a decision.

(2)On an application under this section, the Director may make a decision as to—

(a)whether the Chapter I prohibition has been infringed; and

(b)if it has not been infringed, whether that is because of the effect of an exclusion or because the agreement is exempt from the prohibition.

(3)If an agreement is notified to the Director under this section, the application may include a request for the agreement to which it relates to be granted an individual exemption.

(4)If an agreement to which the prohibition applies has been notified to the Director under this section, no penalty is to be imposed under this Part in respect of any infringement of the prohibition by the agreement which occurs during the period—

(a)beginning with the date on which notification was given; and

(b)ending with such date as may be specified in a notice in writing given to the applicant by the Director when the application has been determined.

(5)The date specified in a notice under subsection (4)(b) may not be earlier than the date on which the notice is given.

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C7S. 14 applied (with modifications) (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/263, art. 5

15 Effect of guidance.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies to an agreement if the Director has determined an application under section 13 by giving guidance that—

(a)the agreement is unlikely to infringe the Chapter I prohibition, regardless of whether or not it is exempt;

(b)the agreement is likely to be exempt under—

(i)a block exemption;

(ii)a parallel exemption; or

(iii)a section 11 exemption; or

(c)he would be likely to grant the agreement an individual exemption if asked to do so.

(2)The Director is to take no further action under this Part with respect to an agreement to which this section applies, unless—

(a)he has reasonable grounds for believing that there has been a material change of circumstance since he gave his guidance;

(b)he has a reasonable suspicion that the information on which he based his guidance was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular;

(c)one of the parties to the agreement applies to him for a decision under section 14 with respect to the agreement; or

(d)a complaint about the agreement has been made to him by a person who is not a party to the agreement.

(3)No penalty may be imposed under this Part in respect of any infringement of the Chapter I prohibition by an agreement to which this section applies.

(4)But the Director may remove the immunity given by subsection (3) if—

(a)he takes action under this Part with respect to the agreement in one of the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2);

(b)he considers it likely that the agreement will infringe the prohibition; and

(c)he gives notice in writing to the party on whose application the guidance was given that he is removing the immunity as from the date specified in his notice.

(5)If the Director has a reasonable suspicion that information—

(a)on which he based his guidance, and

(b)which was provided to him by a party to the agreement,

was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular, the date specified in a notice under subsection (4)(c) may be earlier than the date on which the notice is given.

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C8S. 15 applied (with modifications) (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/263, art. 6

16 Effect of a decision that the Chapter I prohibition has not been infringed.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies to an agreement if the Director has determined an application under section 14 by making a decision that the agreement has not infringed the Chapter I prohibition.

(2)The Director is to take no further action under this Part with respect to the agreement unless—

(a)he has reasonable grounds for believing that there has been a material change of circumstance since he gave his decision; or

(b)he has a reasonable suspicion that the information on which he based his decision was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular.

(3)No penalty may be imposed under this Part in respect of any infringement of the Chapter I prohibition by an agreement to which this section applies.

(4)But the Director may remove the immunity given by subsection (3) if—

(a)he takes action under this Part with respect to the agreement in one of the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2);

(b)he considers that it is likely that the agreement will infringe the prohibition; and

(c)he gives notice in writing to the party on whose application the decision was made that he is removing the immunity as from the date specified in his notice.

(5)If the Director has a reasonable suspicion that information—

(a)on which he based his decision, and

(b)which was provided to him by a party to the agreement,

was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular, the date specified in a notice under subsection (4)(c) may be earlier than the date on which the notice is given.

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C9S. 16 applied (with modifications) (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/263, art. 7

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17 Enactments replaced.E+W+S+N.I.

Sections 2 to 10 of the M2Competition Act 1980 (control of anti-competitive practices) shall cease to have effect.

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The prohibitionE+W+S+N.I.

18 Abuse of dominant position.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to section 19, any conduct on the part of one or more undertakings which amounts to the abuse of a dominant position in a market is prohibited if it may affect trade within the United Kingdom.

(2)Conduct may, in particular, constitute such an abuse if it consists in—

(a)directly or indirectly imposing unfair purchase or selling prices or other unfair trading conditions;

(b)limiting production, markets or technical development to the prejudice of consumers;

(c)applying dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with other trading parties, thereby placing them at a competitive disadvantage;

(d)making the conclusion of contracts subject to acceptance by the other parties of supplementary obligations which, by their nature or according to commercial usage, have no connection with the subject of the contracts.

(3)In this section—

  • dominant position” means a dominant position within the United Kingdom; and

  • the United Kingdom” means the United Kingdom or any part of it.

(4)The prohibition imposed by subsection (1) is referred to in this Act as “the Chapter II prohibition”.

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Excluded casesE+W+S+N.I.

19 Excluded cases.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Chapter II prohibition does not apply in any of the cases in which it is excluded by or as a result of—

(a)Schedule 1 (mergers and concentrations); or

(b)Schedule 3 (general exclusions).

(2)The Secretary of State may at any time by order amend Schedule 1, with respect to the Chapter II prohibition, by—

(a)providing for one or more additional exclusions; or

(b)amending or removing any provision (whether or not it has been added by an order under this subsection).

(3)The Secretary of State may at any time by order amend paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 with respect to the Chapter II prohibition.

(4)Schedule 3 also gives the Secretary of State power to provide that the Chapter II prohibition is not to apply in certain circumstances.

NotificationE+W+S+N.I.

20 Requests for Director to consider conduct.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Sections 21 and 22 provide for conduct of a person which that person thinks may infringe the Chapter II prohibition to be considered by the Director on the application of that person.

(2)Schedule 6 provides for the procedure to be followed—

(a)by any person making an application, and

(b)by the Director, in considering an application.

21 Notification for guidance.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person who applies for conduct to be considered under this section must—

(a)notify the Director of it; and

(b)apply to him for guidance.

(2)On an application under this section, the Director may give the applicant guidance as to whether or not, in his view, the conduct is likely to infringe the Chapter II prohibition.

22 Notification for a decision.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person who applies for conduct to be considered under this section must—

(a)notify the Director of it; and

(b)apply to him for a decision.

(2)On an application under this section, the Director may make a decision as to—

(a)whether the Chapter II prohibition has been infringed; and

(b)if it has not been infringed, whether that is because of the effect of an exclusion.

23 Effect of guidance.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies to conduct if the Director has determined an application under section 21 by giving guidance that the conduct is unlikely to infringe the Chapter II prohibition.

(2)The Director is to take no further action under this Part with respect to the conduct to which this section applies, unless—

(a)he has reasonable grounds for believing that there has been a material change of circumstance since he gave his guidance;

(b)he has a reasonable suspicion that the information on which he based his guidance was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular; or

(c)a complaint about the conduct has been made to him.

(3)No penalty may be imposed under this Part in respect of any infringement of the Chapter II prohibition by conduct to which this section applies.

(4)But the Director may remove the immunity given by subsection (3) if—

(a)he takes action under this Part with respect to the conduct in one of the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2);

(b)he considers that it is likely that the conduct will infringe the prohibition; and

(c)he gives notice in writing to the undertaking on whose application the guidance was given that he is removing the immunity as from the date specified in his notice.

(5)If the Director has a reasonable suspicion that information—

(a)on which he based his guidance, and

(b)which was provided to him by an undertaking engaging in the conduct,

was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular, the date specified in a notice under subsection (4)(c) may be earlier than the date on which the notice is given.

24 Effect of a decision that the Chapter II prohibition has not been infringed.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies to conduct if the Director has determined an application under section 22 by making a decision that the conduct has not infringed the Chapter II prohibition.

(2)The Director is to take no further action under this Part with respect to the conduct unless—

(a)he has reasonable grounds for believing that there has been a material change of circumstance since he gave his decision; or

(b)he has a reasonable suspicion that the information on which he based his decision was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular.

(3)No penalty may be imposed under this Part in respect of any infringement of the Chapter II prohibition by conduct to which this section applies.

(4)But the Director may remove the immunity given by subsection (3) if—

(a)he takes action under this Part with respect to the conduct in one of the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2);

(b)he considers that it is likely that the conduct will infringe the prohibition; and

(c)he gives notice in writing to the undertaking on whose application the decision was made that he is removing the immunity as from the date specified in his notice.

(5)If the Director has a reasonable suspicion that information—

(a)on which he based his decision, and

(b)which was provided to him by an undertaking engaging in the conduct,

was incomplete, false or misleading in a material particular, the date specified in a notice under subsection (4)(c) may be earlier than the date on which the notice is given.

Chapter IIIE+W+S+N.I. Investigation and Enforcement

InvestigationsE+W+S+N.I.

25 Director’s power to investigate.E+W+S+N.I.

The Director may conduct an investigation if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting—

(a)that the Chapter I prohibition has been infringed; or

(b)that the Chapter II prohibition has been infringed.

26 Powers when conducting investigations.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)For the purposes of an investigation under section 25, the Director may require any person to produce to him a specified document, or to provide him with specified information, which he considers relates to any matter relevant to the investigation.

(2)The power conferred by subsection (1) is to be exercised by a notice in writing.

(3)A notice under subsection (2) must indicate—

(a)the subject matter and purpose of the investigation; and

(b)the nature of the offences created by sections 42 to 44.

(4)In subsection (1) “specified” means—

(a)specified, or described, in the notice; or

(b)falling within a category which is specified, or described, in the notice.

(5)The Director may also specify in the notice—

(a)the time and place at which any document is to be produced or any information is to be provided;

(b)the manner and form in which it is to be produced or provided.

(6)The power under this section to require a person to produce a document includes power—

(a)if the document is produced—

(i)to take copies of it or extracts from it;

(ii)to require him, or any person who is a present or past officer of his, or is or was at any time employed by him, to provide an explanation of the document;

(b)if the document is not produced, to require him to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where it is.

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27 Power to enter premises without a warrant.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any officer of the Director who is authorised in writing by the Director to do so (“an investigating officer”) may enter any premises in connection with an investigation under section 25.

(2)No investigating officer is to enter any premises in the exercise of his powers under this section unless he has given to the occupier of the premises a written notice which—

(a)gives at least two working days’ notice of the intended entry;

(b)indicates the subject matter and purpose of the investigation; and

(c)indicates the nature of the offences created by sections 42 to 44.

(3)Subsection (2) does not apply—

(a)if the Director has a reasonable suspicion that the premises are, or have been, occupied by—

(i)a party to an agreement which he is investigating under section 25(a); or

(ii)an undertaking the conduct of which he is investigating under section 25(b); or

(b)if the investigating officer has taken all such steps as are reasonably practicable to give notice but has not been able to do so.

(4)In a case falling within subsection (3), the power of entry conferred by subsection (1) is to be exercised by the investigating officer on production of—

(a)evidence of his authorisation; and

(b)a document containing the information referred to in subsection (2)(b) and (c).

(5)An investigating officer entering any premises under this section may—

(a)take with him such equipment as appears to him to be necessary;

(b)require any person on the premises—

(i)to produce any document which he considers relates to any matter relevant to the investigation; and

(ii)if the document is produced, to provide an explanation of it;

(c)require any person to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where any such document is to be found;

(d)take copies of, or extracts from, any document which is produced;

(e)require any information which is held in a computer and is accessible from the premises and which the investigating officer considers relates to any matter relevant to the investigation, to be produced in a form—

(i)in which it can be taken away, and

(ii)in which it is visible and legible.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

28 Power to enter premises under a warrant.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)On an application made by the Director to the court in accordance with rules of court, a judge may issue a warrant if he is satisfied that—

(a)there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there are on any premises documents—

(i)the production of which has been required under section 26 or 27; and

(ii)which have not been produced as required;

(b)there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that—

(i)there are on any premises documents which the Director has power under section 26 to require to be produced; and

(ii)if the documents were required to be produced, they would not be produced but would be concealed, removed, tampered with or destroyed; or

(c)an investigating officer has attempted to enter premises in the exercise of his powers under section 27 but has been unable to do so and that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there are on the premises documents the production of which could have been required under that section.

(2)A warrant under this section shall authorise a named officer of the Director, and any other of his officers whom he has authorised in writing to accompany the named officer—

(a)to enter the premises specified in the warrant, using such force as is reasonably necessary for the purpose;

(b)to search the premises and take copies of, or extracts from, any document appearing to be of a kind in respect of which the application under subsection (1) was granted (“the relevant kind”);

(c)to take possession of any documents appearing to be of the relevant kind if—

(i)such action appears to be necessary for preserving the documents or preventing interference with them; or

(ii)it is not reasonably practicable to take copies of the documents on the premises;

(d)to take any other steps which appear to be necessary for the purpose mentioned in paragraph (c)(i);

(e)to require any person to provide an explanation of any document appearing to be of the relevant kind or to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where it may be found;

(f)to require any information which is held in a computer and is accessible from the premises and which the named officer considers relates to any matter relevant to the investigation, to be produced in a form—

(i)in which it can be taken away, and

(ii)in which it is visible and legible.

(3)If, in the case of a warrant under subsection (1)(b), the judge is satisfied that it is reasonable to suspect that there are also on the premises other documents relating to the investigation concerned, the warrant shall also authorise action mentioned in subsection (2) to be taken in relation to any such document.

(4)Any person entering premises by virtue of a warrant under this section may take with him such equipment as appears to him to be necessary.

(5)On leaving any premises which he has entered by virtue of a warrant under this section, the named officer must, if the premises are unoccupied or the occupier is temporarily absent, leave them as effectively secured as he found them.

(6)A warrant under this section continues in force until the end of the period of one month beginning with the day on which it is issued.

(7)Any document of which possession is taken under subsection (2)(c) may be retained for a period of three months.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C14S. 28(2): powers of seizure extended (prosp.) by 2001 c. 16, ss. 50, 52-54, 68, 138(2), Sch. 1 Pt. 1 para. 67

C15S. 28(2)(f) modified (prosp.) by 2001 c. 16, ss. 63(2)(h), 138(2)

C16S. 28(7) applied (prosp.) by 2001 c. 16, ss. 57(1)(n)(2)(4), 138(2)

29 Entry of premises under warrant: supplementary.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A warrant issued under section 28 must indicate—

(a)the subject matter and purpose of the investigation;

(b)the nature of the offences created by sections 42 to 44.

(2)The powers conferred by section 28 are to be exercised on production of a warrant issued under that section.

(3)If there is no one at the premises when the named officer proposes to execute such a warrant he must, before executing it—

(a)take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to inform the occupier of the intended entry; and

(b)if the occupier is informed, afford him or his legal or other representative a reasonable opportunity to be present when the warrant is executed.

(4)If the named officer is unable to inform the occupier of the intended entry he must, when executing the warrant, leave a copy of it in a prominent place on the premises.

(5)In this section—

  • named officer” means the officer named in the warrant; and

  • occupier”, in relation to any premises, means a person whom the named officer reasonably believes is the occupier of those premises.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

30 Privileged communications.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person shall not be required, under any provision of this Part, to produce or disclose a privileged communication.

(2)Privileged communication” means a communication—

(a)between a professional legal adviser and his client, or

(b)made in connection with, or in contemplation of, legal proceedings and for the purposes of those proceedings,

which in proceedings in the High Court would be protected from disclosure on grounds of legal professional privilege.

(3)In the application of this section to Scotland—

(a)references to the High Court are to be read as references to the Court of Session; and

(b)the reference to legal professional privilege is to be read as a reference to confidentiality of communications.

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31 Decisions following an investigation.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subsection (2) applies if, as the result of an investigation conducted under section 25, the Director proposes to make—

(a)a decision that the Chapter I prohibition has been infringed, or

(b)a decision that the Chapter II prohibition has been infringed.

(2)Before making the decision, the Director must—

(a)give written notice to the person (or persons) likely to be affected by the proposed decision; and

(b)give that person (or those persons) an opportunity to make representations.

EnforcementE+W+S+N.I.

32 Directions in relation to agreements.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)If the Director has made a decision that an agreement infringes the Chapter I prohibition, he may give to such person or persons as he considers appropriate such directions as he considers appropriate to bring the infringement to an end.

(2)Subsection (1) applies whether the Director’s decision is made on his own initiative or on an application made to him under this Part.

(3)A direction under this section may, in particular, include provision—

(a)requiring the parties to the agreement to modify the agreement; or

(b)requiring them to terminate the agreement.

(4)A direction under this section must be given in writing.

33 Directions in relation to conduct.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)If the Director has made a decision that conduct infringes the Chapter II prohibition, he may give to such person or persons as he considers appropriate such directions as he considers appropriate to bring the infringement to an end.

(2)Subsection (1) applies whether the Director’s decision is made on his own initiative or on an application made to him under this Part.

(3)A direction under this section may, in particular, include provision—

(a)requiring the person concerned to modify the conduct in question; or

(b)requiring him to cease that conduct.

(4)A direction under this section must be given in writing.

34 Enforcement of directions.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)If a person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a direction under section 32 or 33, the Director may apply to the court for an order—

(a)requiring the defaulter to make good his default within a time specified in the order; or

(b)if the direction related to anything to be done in the management or administration of an undertaking, requiring the undertaking or any of its officers to do it.

(2)An order of the court under subsection (1) may provide for all of the costs of, or incidental to, the application for the order to be borne by—

(a)the person in default; or

(b)any officer of an undertaking who is responsible for the default.

(3)In the application of subsection (2) to Scotland, the reference to “costs” is to be read as a reference to “expenses”.

35 Interim measures.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies if the Director—

(a)has a reasonable suspicion that the Chapter I prohibition has been infringed, or

(b)has a reasonable suspicion that the Chapter II prohibition has been infringed,

but has not completed his investigation into the matter.

(2)If the Director considers that it is necessary for him to act under this section as a matter of urgency for the purpose—

(a)of preventing serious, irreparable damage to a particular person or category of person, or

(b)of protecting the public interest,

he may give such directions as he considers appropriate for that purpose.

(3)Before giving a direction under this section, the Director must—

(a)give written notice to the person (or persons) to whom he proposes to give the direction; and

(b)give that person (or each of them) an opportunity to make representations.

(4)A notice under subsection (3) must indicate the nature of the direction which the Director is proposing to give and his reasons for wishing to give it.

(5)A direction given under this section has effect while subsection (1) applies, but may be replaced if the circumstances permit by a direction under section 32 or (as appropriate) section 33.

(6)In the case of a suspected infringement of the Chapter I prohibition, sections 32(3) and 34 also apply to directions given under this section.

(7)In the case of a suspected infringement of the Chapter II prohibition, sections 33(3) and 34 also apply to directions given under this section.

36 Penalty for infringing Chapter I or Chapter II prohibition.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)On making a decision that an agreement has infringed the Chapter I prohibition, the Director may require an undertaking which is a party to the agreement to pay him a penalty in respect of the infringement.

(2)On making a decision that conduct has infringed the Chapter II prohibition, the Director may require the undertaking concerned to pay him a penalty in respect of the infringement.

(3)The Director may impose a penalty on an undertaking under subsection (1) or (2) only if he is satisfied that the infringement has been committed intentionally or negligently by the undertaking.

(4)Subsection (1) is subject to section 39 and does not apply if the Director is satisfied that the undertaking acted on the reasonable assumption that that section gave it immunity in respect of the agreement.

(5)Subsection (2) is subject to section 40 and does not apply if the Director is satisfied that the undertaking acted on the reasonable assumption that that section gave it immunity in respect of the conduct.

(6)Notice of a penalty under this section must—

(a)be in writing; and

(b)specify the date before which the penalty is required to be paid.

(7)The date specified must not be earlier than the end of the period within which an appeal against the notice may be brought under section 46.

(8)No penalty fixed by the Director under this section may exceed 10% of the turnover of the undertaking (determined in accordance with such provisions as may be specified in an order made by the Secretary of State).

(9)Any sums received by the Director under this section are to be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

37 Recovery of penalties.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)If the specified date in a penalty notice has passed and—

(a)the period during which an appeal against the imposition, or amount, of the penalty may be made has expired without an appeal having been made, or

(b)such an appeal has been made and determined,

the Director may recover from the undertaking, as a civil debt due to him, any amount payable under the penalty notice which remains outstanding.

(2)In this section—

  • penalty notice” means a notice given under section 36; and

  • specified date” means the date specified in the penalty notice.

38 The appropriate level of a penalty.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Director must prepare and publish guidance as to the appropriate amount of any penalty under this Part.

(2)The Director may at any time alter the guidance.

(3)If the guidance is altered, the Director must publish it as altered.

(4)No guidance is to be published under this section without the approval of the Secretary of State.

(5)The Director may, after consulting the Secretary of State, choose how he publishes his guidance.

(6)If the Director is preparing or altering guidance under this section he must consult such persons as he considers appropriate.

(7)If the proposed guidance or alteration relates to a matter in respect of which a regulator exercises concurrent jurisdiction, those consulted must include that regulator.

(8)When setting the amount of a penalty under this Part, the Director must have regard to the guidance for the time being in force under this section.

(9)If a penalty or a fine has been imposed by the Commission, or by a court or other body in another Member State, in respect of an agreement or conduct, the Director, an appeal tribunal or the appropriate court must take that penalty or fine into account when setting the amount of a penalty under this Part in relation to that agreement or conduct.

(10)In subsection (9) “the appropriate court” means—

(a)in relation to England and Wales, the Court of Appeal;

(b)in relation to Scotland, the Court of Session;

(c)in relation to Northern Ireland, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland;

(d)the House of Lords.

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Commencement Information

I4S. 38 wholly in force; s. 38 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); s. 38(1)-(7) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; s. 38(8)-(10) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

39 Limited immunity for small agreements.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this section “small agreement” means an agreement—

(a)which falls within a category prescribed for the purposes of this section; but

(b)is not a price fixing agreement.

(2)The criteria by reference to which a category of agreement is prescribed may, in particular, include—

(a)the combined turnover of the parties to the agreement (determined in accordance with prescribed provisions);

(b)the share of the market affected by the agreement (determined in that way).

(3)A party to a small agreement is immune from the effect of section 36(1); but the Director may withdraw that immunity under subsection (4).

(4)If the Director has investigated a small agreement, he may make a decision withdrawing the immunity given by subsection (3) if, as a result of his investigation, he considers that the agreement is likely to infringe the Chapter I prohibition.

(5)The Director must give each of the parties in respect of which immunity is withdrawn written notice of his decision to withdraw the immunity.

(6)A decision under subsection (4) takes effect on such date (“the withdrawal date”) as may be specified in the decision.

(7)The withdrawal date must be a date after the date on which the decision is made.

(8)In determining the withdrawal date, the Director must have regard to the amount of time which the parties are likely to require in order to secure that there is no further infringement of the Chapter I prohibition with respect to the agreement.

(9)In subsection (1) “price fixing agreement” means an agreement which has as its object or effect, or one of its objects or effects, restricting the freedom of a party to the agreement to determine the price to be charged (otherwise than as between that party and another party to the agreement) for the product, service or other matter to which the agreement relates.

40 Limited immunity in relation to the Chapter II prohibition.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this section “conduct of minor significance” means conduct which falls within a category prescribed for the purposes of this section.

(2)The criteria by reference to which a category is prescribed may, in particular, include—

(a)the turnover of the person whose conduct it is (determined in accordance with prescribed provisions);

(b)the share of the market affected by the conduct (determined in that way).

(3)A person is immune from the effect of section 36(2) if his conduct is conduct of minor significance; but the Director may withdraw that immunity under subsection (4).

(4)If the Director has investigated conduct of minor significance, he may make a decision withdrawing the immunity given by subsection (3) if, as a result of his investigation, he considers that the conduct is likely to infringe the Chapter II prohibition.

(5)The Director must give the person, or persons, whose immunity has been withdrawn written notice of his decision to withdraw the immunity.

(6)A decision under subsection (4) takes effect on such date (“the withdrawal date”) as may be specified in the decision.

(7)The withdrawal date must be a date after the date on which the decision is made.

(8)In determining the withdrawal date, the Director must have regard to the amount of time which the person or persons affected are likely to require in order to secure that there is no further infringement of the Chapter II prohibition.

41 Agreements notified to the Commission.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies if a party to an agreement which may infringe the Chapter I prohibition has notified the agreement to the Commission for a decision as to whether an exemption will be granted under Article 85 with respect to the agreement.

(2)A penalty may not be required to be paid under this Part in respect of any infringement of the Chapter I prohibition after notification but before the Commission determines the matter.

(3)If the Commission withdraws the benefit of provisional immunity from penalties with respect to the agreement, subsection (2) ceases to apply as from the date on which that benefit is withdrawn.

(4)The fact that an agreement has been notified to the Commission does not prevent the Director from investigating it under this Part.

(5)In this section “provisional immunity from penalties” has such meaning as may be prescribed.

OffencesE+W+S+N.I.

42 Offences.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he fails to comply with a requirement imposed on him under section 26, 27 or 28.

(2)If a person is charged with an offence under subsection (1) in respect of a requirement to produce a document, it is a defence for him to prove—

(a)that the document was not in his possession or under his control; and

(b)that it was not reasonably practicable for him to comply with the requirement.

(3)If a person is charged with an offence under subsection (1) in respect of a requirement—

(a)to provide information,

(b)to provide an explanation of a document, or

(c)to state where a document is to be found,

it is a defence for him to prove that he had a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with the requirement.

(4)Failure to comply with a requirement imposed under section 26 or 27 is not an offence if the person imposing the requirement has failed to act in accordance with that section.

(5)A person is guilty of an offence if he intentionally obstructs an officer acting in the exercise of his powers under section 27.

(6)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (5) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(7)A person who intentionally obstructs an officer in the exercise of his powers under a warrant issued under section 28 is guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

43 Destroying or falsifying documents.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if, having been required to produce a document under section 26, 27 or 28—

(a)he intentionally or recklessly destroys or otherwise disposes of it, falsifies it or conceals it, or

(b)he causes or permits its destruction, disposal, falsification or concealment.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

44 False or misleading information.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)If information is provided by a person to the Director in connection with any function of the Director under this Part, that person is guilty of an offence if—

(a)the information is false or misleading in a material particular, and

(b)he knows that it is or is reckless as to whether it is.

(2)A person who—

(a)provides any information to another person, knowing the information to be false or misleading in a material particular, or

(b)recklessly provides any information to another person which is false or misleading in a material particular,

knowing that the information is to be used for the purpose of providing information to the Director in connection with any of his functions under this Part, is guilty of an offence.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C19S. 44 applied (18.6.2001) by 2000 c. 8, s. 399; S.I. 2001/1820, art. 2, Sch.

Chapter IVE+W+S+N.I. The Competition Commission and Appeals

The CommissionE+W+S+N.I.

45 The Competition Commission.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)There is to be a body corporate known as the Competition Commission.

(2)The Commission is to have such functions as are conferred on it by or as a result of this Act.

(3)The Monopolies and Mergers Commission is dissolved and its functions are transferred to the Competition Commission.

(4)In any enactment, instrument or other document, any reference to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission which has continuing effect is to be read as a reference to the Competition Commission.

(5)The Secretary of State may by order make such consequential, supplemental and incidental provision as he considers appropriate in connection with—

(a)the dissolution of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission; and

(b)the transfer of functions effected by subsection (3).

(6)An order made under subsection (5) may, in particular, include provision—

(a)for the transfer of property, rights, obligations and liabilities and the continuation of proceedings, investigations and other matters; or

(b)amending any enactment which makes provision with respect to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission or any of its functions.

(7)Schedule 7 makes further provision about the Competition Commission.

AppealsE+W+S+N.I.

46 Appealable decisions.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any party to an agreement in respect of which the Director has made a decision may appeal to the Competition Commission against, or with respect to, the decision.

(2)Any person in respect of whose conduct the Director has made a decision may appeal to the Competition Commission against, or with respect to, the decision.

(3)In this section “decision” means a decision of the Director—

(a)as to whether the Chapter I prohibition has been infringed,

(b)as to whether the Chapter II prohibition has been infringed,

(c)as to whether to grant an individual exemption,

(d)in respect of an individual exemption—

(i)as to whether to impose any condition or obligation under section 4(3)(a) or 5(1)(c),

(ii)where such a condition or obligation has been imposed, as to the condition or obligation,

(iii)as to the period fixed under section 4(3)(b), or

(iv)as to the date fixed under section 4(5),

(e)as to—

(i)whether to extend the period for which an individual exemption has effect, or

(ii)the period of any such extension,

(f)cancelling an exemption,

(g)as to the imposition of any penalty under section 36 or as to the amount of any such penalty,

(h)withdrawing or varying any of the decisions in paragraphs (a) to (f) following an application under section 47(1),

and includes a direction given under section 32, 33 or 35 and such other decision as may be prescribed.

(4)Except in the case of an appeal against the imposition, or the amount, of a penalty, the making of an appeal under this section does not suspend the effect of the decision to which the appeal relates.

(5)Part I of Schedule 8 makes further provision about appeals.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C20Ss. 46-47 modified (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/261, rule 3

Ss. 46-47 modified (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/261, rule 6

47 Third party appeals.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person who does not fall within section 46(1) or (2) may apply to the Director asking him to withdraw or vary a decision (“the relevant decision”) falling within paragraphs (a) to (f) of section 46(3) or such other decision as may be prescribed.

(2)The application must—

(a)be made in writing, within such period as the Director may specify in rules under section 51; and

(b)give the applicant’s reasons for considering that the relevant decision should be withdrawn or (as the case may be) varied.

(3)If the Director decides—

(a)that the applicant does not have a sufficient interest in the relevant decision,

(b)that, in the case of an applicant claiming to represent persons who have such an interest, the applicant does not represent such persons, or

(c)that the persons represented by the applicant do not have such an interest,

he must notify the applicant of his decision.

(4)If the Director, having considered the application, decides that it does not show sufficient reason why he should withdraw or vary the relevant decision, he must notify the applicant of his decision.

(5)Otherwise, the Director must deal with the application in accordance with such procedure as may be specified in rules under section 51.

(6)The applicant may appeal to the Competition Commission against a decision of the Director notified under subsection (3) or (4).

(7)The making of an application does not suspend the effect of the relevant decision.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C21Ss. 46-47 modified (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/261, rule. 3

Ss. 46-47 modified (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/261, rule 6

48 Appeal tribunals.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any appeal made to the Competition Commission under section 46 or 47 is to be determined by an appeal tribunal.

(2)The Secretary of State may, after consulting the President of the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunals and such other persons as he considers appropriate, make rules with respect to appeals and appeal tribunals.

(3)The rules may confer functions on the President.

(4)Part II of Schedule 8 makes further provision about rules made under this section but is not to be taken as restricting the Secretary of State’s powers under this section.

49 Appeals on point of law etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)An appeal lies—

(a)on a point of law arising from a decision of an appeal tribunal, or

(b)from any decision of an appeal tribunal as to the amount of a penalty.

(2)An appeal under this section may be made only—

(a)to the appropriate court;

(b)with leave; and

(c)at the instance of a party or at the instance of a person who has a sufficient interest in the matter.

(3)Rules under section 48 may make provision for regulating or prescribing any matters incidental to or consequential upon an appeal under this section.

(4)In subsection (2)—

  • the appropriate court” means—

    (a)

    in relation to proceedings before a tribunal in England and Wales, the Court of Appeal;

    (b)

    in relation to proceedings before a tribunal in Scotland, the Court of Session;

    (c)

    in relation to proceedings before a tribunal in Northern Ireland, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland;

  • leave” means leave of the tribunal in question or of the appropriate court; and

  • party”, in relation to a decision, means a person who was a party to the proceedings in which the decision was made.

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Commencement Information

I5S. 49 wholly in force; s. 49 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); s. 49(3) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2 Sch. 2; s. 49(1)(2) and (4) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

Chapter VE+W+S+N.I. Miscellaneous

Vertical agreements and land agreementsE+W+S+N.I.

50 Vertical agreements and land agreements.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Secretary of State may by order provide for any provision of this Part to apply in relation to—

(a)vertical agreements, or

(b)land agreements,

with such modifications as may be prescribed.

(2)An order may, in particular, provide for exclusions or exemptions, or otherwise provide for prescribed provisions not to apply, in relation to—

(a)vertical agreements, or land agreements, in general; or

(b)vertical agreements, or land agreements, of any prescribed description.

(3)An order may empower the Director to give directions to the effect that in prescribed circumstances an exclusion, exemption or modification is not to apply (or is to apply in a particular way) in relation to an individual agreement.

(4)Subsections (2) and (3) are not to be read as limiting the powers conferred by section 71.

(5)In this section—

  • land agreement” and “vertical agreement” have such meaning as may be prescribed; and

  • prescribed” means prescribed by an order.

Director’s rules, guidance and feesE+W+S+N.I.

51 Rules.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Director may make such rules about procedural and other matters in connection with the carrying into effect of the provisions of this Part as he considers appropriate.

(2)Schedule 9 makes further provision about rules made under this section but is not to be taken as restricting the Director’s powers under this section.

(3)If the Director is preparing rules under this section he must consult such persons as he considers appropriate.

(4)If the proposed rules relate to a matter in respect of which a regulator exercises concurrent jurisdiction, those consulted must include that regulator.

(5)No rule made by the Director is to come into operation until it has been approved by an order made by the Secretary of State.

(6)The Secretary of State may approve any rule made by the Director—

(a)in the form in which it is submitted; or

(b)subject to such modifications as he considers appropriate.

(7)If the Secretary of State proposes to approve a rule subject to modifications he must inform the Director of the proposed modifications and take into account any comments made by the Director.

(8)Subsections (5) to (7) apply also to any alteration of the rules made by the Director.

(9)The Secretary of State may, after consulting the Director, by order vary or revoke any rules made under this section.

(10)If the Secretary of State considers that rules should be made under this section with respect to a particular matter he may direct the Director to exercise his powers under this section and make rules about that matter.

52 Advice and information.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)As soon as is reasonably practicable after the passing of this Act, the Director must prepare and publish general advice and information about—

(a)the application of the Chapter I prohibition and the Chapter II prohibition, and

(b)the enforcement of those prohibitions.

(2)The Director may at any time publish revised, or new, advice or information.

(3)Advice and information published under this section must be prepared with a view to—

(a)explaining provisions of this Part to persons who are likely to be affected by them; and

(b)indicating how the Director expects such provisions to operate.

(4)Advice (or information) published by virtue of subsection (3)(b) may include advice (or information) about the factors which the Director may take into account in considering whether, and if so how, to exercise a power conferred on him by Chapter I, II or III.

(5)Any advice or information published by the Director under this section is to be published in such form and in such manner as he considers appropriate.

(6)If the Director is preparing any advice or information under this section he must consult such persons as he considers appropriate.

(7)If the proposed advice or information relates to a matter in respect of which a regulator exercises concurrent jurisdiction, those consulted must include that regulator.

(8)In preparing any advice or information under this section about a matter in respect of which he may exercise functions under this Part, a regulator must consult—

(a)the Director;

(b)the other regulators; and

(c)such other persons as he considers appropriate.

53 Fees.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Director may charge fees, of specified amounts, in connection with the exercise by him of specified functions under this Part.

(2)Rules may, in particular, provide—

(a)for the amount of any fee to be calculated by reference to matters which may include—

(i)the turnover of any party to an agreement (determined in such manner as may be specified);

(ii)the turnover of a person whose conduct the Director is to consider (determined in that way);

(b)for different amounts to be specified in connection with different functions;

(c)for the repayment by the Director of the whole or part of a fee in specified circumstances;

(d)that an application or notice is not to be regarded as duly made or given unless the appropriate fee is paid.

(3)In this section—

(a)rules” means rules made by the Director under section 51; and

(b)specified” means specified in rules.

RegulatorsE+W+S+N.I.

54 Regulators.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Part “regulator” means any person mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (g) of paragraph 1 of Schedule 10 [F1and the Civil Aviation Authority].

(2)Parts II and III of Schedule 10 provide for functions of the Director under this Part to be exercisable concurrently by regulators.

(3)Parts IV and V of Schedule 10 make minor and consequential amendments in connection with the regulators’ competition functions.

(4)The Secretary of State may make regulations for the purpose of co-ordinating the performance of functions under this Part (“Part I functions”) which are exercisable concurrently by two or more competent persons as a result of any provision made by Part II or III of Schedule 10 [F2or by Chapter V of Part I of the Transport Act 2000] .

(5)The regulations may, in particular, make provision—

(a)as to the procedure to be followed by competent persons when determining who is to exercise Part I functions in a particular case;

(b)as to the steps which must be taken before a competent person exercises, in a particular case, such Part I functions as may be prescribed;

(c)as to the procedure for determining, in a particular case, questions arising as to which competent person is to exercise Part I functions in respect of the case;

(d)for Part I functions in a particular case to be exercised jointly—

(i)by the Director and one or more regulators, or

(ii)by two or more regulators,

and as to the procedure to be followed in such cases;

(e)as to the circumstances in which the exercise by a competent person of such Part I functions as may be prescribed is to preclude the exercise of such functions by another such person;

(f)for cases in respect of which Part I functions are being, or have been, exercised by a competent person to be transferred to another such person;

(g)for the person (“A”) exercising Part I functions in a particular case—

(i)to appoint another competent person (“B”) to exercise Part I functions on A’s behalf in relation to the case; or

(ii)to appoint officers of B (with B’s consent) to act as officers of A in relation to the case;

(h)for notification as to who is exercising Part I functions in respect of a particular case.

(6)Provision made by virtue of subsection (5)(c) may provide for questions to be referred to and determined by the Secretary of State or by such other person as may be prescribed.

(7)Competent person” means the Director or any of the regulators.

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Amendments (Textual)

F1Words in s. 54(1) inserted (1.2.2001) by 2000 c. 38. ss. 97, Sch. 8 Pt. IV para. 14(2) (with s. 106); S.I. 2001/57, art. 3, Sch. 2 Pt. I

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Commencement Information

I6S. 54 wholly in force; s. 54 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); s. 54(2) in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; s. 54(3) in force for certain purposes at 11.1.1999 and s. 54(4)-(7) in force at the same date by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; s. 54(3) in force for certain purposes at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2; s. 54(1)(2) and (3) wholly in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

Confidentiality and immunity from defamationE+W+S+N.I.

55 General restrictions on disclosure of information.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)No information which—

(a)has been obtained under or as a result of any provision of this Part, and

(b)relates to the affairs of any individual or to any particular business of an undertaking,

is to be disclosed during the lifetime of that individual or while that business continues to be carried on, unless the condition mentioned in subsection (2) is satisfied.

(2)The condition is that consent to the disclosure has been obtained from—

(a)the person from whom the information was initially obtained under or as a result of any provision of this Part (if the identity of that person is known); and

(b)if different—

(i)the individual to whose affairs the information relates, or

(ii)the person for the time being carrying on the business to which the information relates.

(3)Subsection (1) does not apply to a disclosure of information—

(a)made for the purpose of—

(i)facilitating the performance of any relevant functions of a designated person;

(ii)facilitating the performance of any functions of the Commission in respect of Community law about competition;

(iii)facilitating the performance by the Comptroller and Auditor General of any of his functions;

(iv)criminal proceedings in any part of the United Kingdom;

(b)made with a view to the institution of, or otherwise for the purposes of, civil proceedings brought under or in connection with this Part;

(c)made in connection with the investigation of any criminal offence triable in the United Kingdom or in any part of the United Kingdom; or

(d)which is required to meet a Community obligation.

(4)In subsection (3) “relevant functions” and “designated person” have the meaning given in Schedule 11.

(5)Subsection (1) also does not apply to a disclosure of information made for the purpose of facilitating the performance of specified functions of any specified person.

(6)In subsection (5) “specified” means specified in an order made by the Secretary of State.

(7)If information is disclosed to the public in circumstances in which the disclosure does not contravene subsection (1), that subsection does not prevent its further disclosure by any person.

(8)A person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum; or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

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Commencement Information

I7S. 55 wholly in force; s. 55 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); s. 55(6) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art, 2, Sch.; s. 55(1)-(5), (7) and (8) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

56 Director and Secretary of State to have regard to certain matters in relation to the disclosure of information.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies if the Secretary of State or the Director is considering whether to disclose any information acquired by him under, or as a result of, any provision of this Part.

(2)He must have regard to the need for excluding, so far as is practicable, information the disclosure of which would in his opinion be contrary to the public interest.

(3)He must also have regard to—

(a)the need for excluding, so far as is practicable—

(i)commercial information the disclosure of which would, or might, in his opinion, significantly harm the legitimate business interests of the undertaking to which it relates, or

(ii)information relating to the private affairs of an individual the disclosure of which would, or might, in his opinion, significantly harm his interests; and

(b)the extent to which the disclosure is necessary for the purposes for which the Secretary of State or the Director is proposing to make the disclosure.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C25S. 56 applied (with modifications) (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/261, Rule 14(8)

57 Defamation.E+W+S+N.I.

For the purposes of the law relating to defamation, absolute privilege attaches to any advice, guidance, notice or direction given, or decision made, by the Director in the exercise of any of his functions under this Part.

Findings of fact by DirectorE+W+S+N.I.

58 Findings of fact by Director.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Unless the court directs otherwise or the Director has decided to take further action in accordance with section 16(2) or 24(2), a Director’s finding which is relevant to an issue arising in Part I proceedings is binding on the parties if—

(a)the time for bringing an appeal in respect of the finding has expired and the relevant party has not brought such an appeal; or

(b)the decision of an appeal tribunal on such an appeal has confirmed the finding.

(2)In this section—

  • a Director’s finding” means a finding of fact made by the Director in the course of—

    (a)

    determining an application for a decision under section 14 or 22, or

    (b)

    conducting an investigation under section 25;

  • Part I proceedings” means proceedings—

    (a)

    in respect of an alleged infringement of the Chapter I prohibition or of the Chapter II prohibition; but

    (b)

    which are brought otherwise than by the Director;

  • relevant party” means—

    (a)

    in relation to the Chapter I prohibition, a party to the agreement which is alleged to have infringed the prohibition; and

    (b)

    in relation to the Chapter II prohibition, the undertaking whose conduct is alleged to have infringed the prohibition.

(3)Rules of court may make provision in respect of assistance to be given by the Director to the court in Part I proceedings.

Interpretation and governing principlesE+W+S+N.I.

59 Interpretation.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Part—

  • appeal tribunal” means an appeal tribunal established in accordance with the provisions of Part III of Schedule 7 for the purpose of hearing an appeal under section 46 or 47;

  • Article 85” means Article 85 of the Treaty;

  • Article 86” means Article 86 of the Treaty;

  • block exemption” has the meaning given in section 6(4);

  • block exemption order” has the meaning given in section 6(2);

  • the Chapter I prohibition” has the meaning given in section 2(8);

  • the Chapter II prohibition” has the meaning given in section 18(4);

  • the Commission” (except in relation to the Competition Commission) means the European Commission;

  • the Council” means the Council of the European Union;

  • the court”, except in sections 58 and 60 and the expression “European Court”, means—

    (a)

    in England and Wales, the High Court;

    (b)

    in Scotland, the Court of Session; and

    (c)

    in Northern Ireland, the High Court;

  • the Director” means the Director General of Fair Trading;

  • document” includes information recorded in any form;

  • the EEA Agreement” means the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992 as it has effect for the time being;

  • the European Court” means the Court of Justice of the European Communities and includes the Court of First Instance;

  • individual exemption” has the meaning given in section 4(2);

  • information” includes estimates and forecasts;

  • investigating officer” has the meaning given in section 27(1);

  • Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the M3Crown Act 1975;

  • officer”, in relation to a body corporate, includes a director, manager or secretary and, in relation to a partnership in Scotland, includes a partner;

  • parallel exemption” has the meaning given in section 10(3);

  • person”, in addition to the meaning given by the M4Interpretation Act 1978, includes any undertaking;

  • premises” does not include domestic premises unless—

    (a)

    they are also used in connection with the affairs of an undertaking, or

    (b)

    documents relating to the affairs of an undertaking are kept there,

    but does include any vehicle;

  • prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State;

  • regulator” has the meaning given by section 54;

  • section 11 exemption” has the meaning given in section 11(3); and

  • the Treaty” means the treaty establishing the European Community.

(2)The fact that to a limited extent the Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement, because of an exclusion provided by or under this Part or any other enactment, does not require those provisions of the agreement to which the exclusion relates to be disregarded when considering whether the agreement infringes the prohibition for other reasons.

(3)For the purposes of this Part, the power to require information, in relation to information recorded otherwise than in a legible form, includes power to require a copy of it in a legible form.

(4)Any power conferred on the Director by this Part to require information includes power to require any document which he believes may contain that information.

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I8S. 59 wholly in force at 11.1.1999; s. 59 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); s. 59 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; s. 59 in force in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.

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60 Principles to be applied in determining questions.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The purpose of this section is to ensure that so far as is possible (having regard to any relevant differences between the provisions concerned), questions arising under this Part in relation to competition within the United Kingdom are dealt with in a manner which is consistent with the treatment of corresponding questions arising in Community law in relation to competition within the Community.

(2)At any time when the court determines a question arising under this Part, it must act (so far as is compatible with the provisions of this Part and whether or not it would otherwise be required to do so) with a view to securing that there is no inconsistency between—

(a)the principles applied, and decision reached, by the court in determining that question; and

(b)the principles laid down by the Treaty and the European Court, and any relevant decision of that Court, as applicable at that time in determining any corresponding question arising in Community law.

(3)The court must, in addition, have regard to any relevant decision or statement of the Commission.

(4)Subsections (2) and (3) also apply to—

(a)the Director; and

(b)any person acting on behalf of the Director, in connection with any matter arising under this Part.

(5)In subsections (2) and (3), “court” means any court or tribunal.

(6)In subsections (2)(b) and (3), “decision” includes a decision as to—

(a)the interpretation of any provision of Community law;

(b)the civil liability of an undertaking for harm caused by its infringement of Community law.

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Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Investigations in relation to Articles 85 and 86

61 Introduction.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Part—

  • Article 85” and “Article 86” have the same meaning as in Part I;

  • authorised officer”, in relation to the Director, means an officer to whom an authorisation has been given under subsection (2);

  • the Commission” means the European Commission;

  • the Director” means the Director General of Fair Trading;

  • Commission investigation” means an investigation ordered by a decision of the Commission under a prescribed provision of Community law relating to Article 85 or 86;

  • Director’s investigation” means an investigation conducted by the Director at the request of the Commission under a prescribed provision of Community law relating to Article 85 or 86;

  • Director’s special investigation” means a Director’s investigation conducted at the request of the Commission in connection with a Commission investigation;

  • prescribed” means prescribed by order made by the Secretary of State;

  • premises” means—

    (a)

    in relation to a Commission investigation, any premises, land or means of transport which an official of the Commission has power to enter in the course of the investigation; and

    (b)

    in relation to a Director’s investigation, any premises, land or means of transport which an official of the Commission would have power to enter if the investigation were being conducted by the Commission.

(2)For the purposes of a Director’s investigation, an officer of the Director to whom an authorisation has been given has the powers of an official authorised by the Commission in connection with a Commission investigation under the relevant provision.

(3)Authorisation” means an authorisation given in writing by the Director which—

(a)identifies the officer;

(b)specifies the subject matter and purpose of the investigation; and

(c)draws attention to any penalties which a person may incur in connection with the investigation under the relevant provision of Community law.

62 Power to enter premises: Commission investigations.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A judge of the High Court may issue a warrant if satisfied, on an application made to the High Court in accordance with rules of court by the Director, that a Commission investigation is being, or is likely to be, obstructed.

(2)A Commission investigation is being obstructed if—

(a)an official of the Commission (“the Commission official”), exercising his power in accordance with the provision under which the investigation is being conducted, has attempted to enter premises but has been unable to do so; and

(b)there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there are books or records on the premises which the Commission official has power to examine.

(3)A Commission investigation is also being obstructed if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there are books or records on the premises—

(a)the production of which has been required by an official of the Commission exercising his power in accordance with the provision under which the investigation is being conducted; and

(b)which have not been produced as required.

(4)A Commission investigation is likely to be obstructed if—

(a)an official of the Commission (“the Commission official”) is authorised for the purpose of the investigation;

(b)there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there are books or records on the premises which the Commission official has power to examine; and

(c)there are also reasonable grounds for suspecting that, if the Commission official attempted to exercise his power to examine any of the books or records, they would not be produced but would be concealed, removed, tampered with or destroyed.

(5)A warrant under this section shall authorise—

(a)a named officer of the Director,

(b)any other of his officers whom he has authorised in writing to accompany the named officer, and

(c)any official of the Commission authorised for the purpose of the Commission investigation,

to enter the premises specified in the warrant, and search for books and records which the official has power to examine, using such force as is reasonably necessary for the purpose.

(6)Any person entering any premises by virtue of a warrant under this section may take with him such equipment as appears to him to be necessary.

(7)On leaving any premises entered by virtue of the warrant the named officer must, if the premises are unoccupied or the occupier is temporarily absent, leave them as effectively secured as he found them.

(8)A warrant under this section continues in force until the end of the period of one month beginning with the day on which it is issued.

(9)In the application of this section to Scotland, references to the High Court are to be read as references to the Court of Session.

63 Power to enter premises: Director’s special investigations.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A judge of the High Court may issue a warrant if satisfied, on an application made to the High Court in accordance with rules of court by the Director, that a Director’s special investigation is being, or is likely to be, obstructed.

(2)A Director’s special investigation is being obstructed if—

(a)an authorised officer of the Director has attempted to enter premises but has been unable to do so;

(b)the officer has produced his authorisation to the undertaking, or association of undertakings, concerned; and

(c)there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there are books or records on the premises which the officer has power to examine.

(3)A Director’s special investigation is also being obstructed if—

(a)there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there are books or records on the premises which an authorised officer of the Director has power to examine;

(b)the officer has produced his authorisation to the undertaking, or association of undertakings, and has required production of the books or records; and

(c)the books and records have not been produced as required.

(4)A Director’s special investigation is likely to be obstructed if—

(a)there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there are books or records on the premises which an authorised officer of the Director has power to examine; and

(b)there are also reasonable grounds for suspecting that, if the officer attempted to exercise his power to examine any of the books or records, they would not be produced but would be concealed, removed, tampered with or destroyed.

(5)A warrant under this section shall authorise—

(a)a named authorised officer of the Director,

(b)any other authorised officer accompanying the named officer, and

(c)any named official of the Commission,

to enter the premises specified in the warrant, and search for books and records which the authorised officer has power to examine, using such force as is reasonably necessary for the purpose.

(6)Any person entering any premises by virtue of a warrant under this section may take with him such equipment as appears to him to be necessary.

(7)On leaving any premises which he has entered by virtue of the warrant the named officer must, if the premises are unoccupied or the occupier is temporarily absent, leave them as effectively secured as he found them.

(8)A warrant under this section continues in force until the end of the period of one month beginning with the day on which it is issued.

(9)In the application of this section to Scotland, references to the High Court are to be read as references to the Court of Session.

64 Entry of premises under sections 62 and 63: supplementary.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A warrant issued under section 62 or 63 must indicate—

(a)the subject matter and purpose of the investigation;

(b)the nature of the offence created by section 65.

(2)The powers conferred by section 62 or 63 are to be exercised on production of a warrant issued under that section.

(3)If there is no one at the premises when the named officer proposes to execute such a warrant he must, before executing it—

(a)take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to inform the occupier of the intended entry; and

(b)if the occupier is informed, afford him or his legal or other representative a reasonable opportunity to be present when the warrant is executed.

(4)If the named officer is unable to inform the occupier of the intended entry he must, when executing the warrant, leave a copy of it in a prominent place on the premises.

(5)In this section—

  • named officer” means the officer named in the warrant; and

  • occupier”, in relation to any premises, means a person whom the named officer reasonably believes is the occupier of those premises.

65 Offences.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he intentionally obstructs any person in the exercise of his powers under a warrant issued under section 62 or 63.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

Part IIIE+W+S+N.I. Monopolies

66 Monopoly investigations: general.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Section 44 of the M5Fair Trading Act 1973 (power of the Director to require information about monopoly situations) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1), for the words after paragraph (b) substitute— “ the Director may exercise the powers conferred by subsection (2) below for the purpose of assisting him in determining whether to take either of the following decisions with regard to that situation. ”

(3)After subsection (1) insert—

(1A)Those decisions are—

(a)whether to make a monopoly reference with respect to the existence or possible existence of the situation;

(b)whether, instead, to make a proposal under section 56A below for the Secretary of State to accept undertakings.

(4)For subsection (2) substitute—

(2)In the circumstances and for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1) above, the Director may—

(a)require any person within subsection (3) below to produce to the Director, at a specified time and place—

(i)any specified documents, or

(ii)any document which falls within a specified category,

which are in his custody or under his control and which are relevant;

(b)require any person within subsection (3) below who is carrying on a business to give the Director specified estimates, forecasts, returns, or other information, and specify the time at which and the form and manner in which the estimates, forecasts, returns or information are to be given;

(c)enter any premises used by a person within subsection (3) below for business purposes, and—

(i)require any person on the premises to produce any documents on the premises which are in his custody or under his control and which are relevant;

(ii)require any person on the premises to give the Director such explanation of the documents as he may require.

(3)A person is within this subsection if—

(a)he produces goods of the description in question in the United Kingdom;

(b)he supplies goods or (as the case may be) services of the description in question in the United Kingdom; or

(c)such goods (or services) are supplied to him in the United Kingdom.

(4)The power to impose a requirement under subsection (2)(a) or (b) above is to be exercised by notice in writing served on the person on whom the requirement is imposed; and “specified” in those provisions means specified or otherwise described in the notice, and “specify” is to be read accordingly.

(5)The power under subsection (2)(a) above to require a person (“the person notified”) to produce a document includes power—

(a)if the document is produced—

(i)to take copies of it or extracts from it;

(ii)to require the person notified, or any person who is a present or past officer of his, or is or was at any time employed by him, to provide an explanation of the document;

(b)if the document is not produced, to require the person notified to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where it is.

(6)Nothing in this section confers power to compel any person—

(a)to produce any document which he could not be compelled to produce in civil proceedings before the High Court or, in Scotland, the Court of Session; or

(b)in complying with any requirement for the giving of information, to give any information which he could not be compelled to give in evidence in such proceedings.

(7)No person has to comply with a requirement imposed under subsection (2) above by a person acting under an authorisation under paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 to this Act unless evidence of the authorisation has, if required, been produced.

(8)For the purposes of subsection (2) above—

(a)a document is relevant if—

(i)it is relevant to a decision mentioned in subsection (1A) above; and

(ii)the powers conferred by this section are exercised in relation to the document for the purpose of assisting the Director in determining whether to take that decision;

(b)document” includes information recorded in any form; and

(c)in relation to information recorded otherwise than in legible form, the power to require its production includes power to require production of it in legible form, so far as the means to do so are within the custody or under the control of the person on whom the requirement is imposed.

(5)The amendments made by this section and section 67 have effect in relation to sectoral regulators in accordance with paragraph 1 of Schedule 10.

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67 Offences.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Section 46 of the M6Fair Trading Act 1973 is amended as follows.

(2)Omit subsections (1) and (2).

(3)At the end insert—

(4)Any person who refuses or wilfully neglects to comply with a requirement imposed under section 44(2) above is guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the prescribed sum, or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

(5)If a person is charged with an offence under subsection (4) in respect of a requirement to produce a document, it is a defence for him to prove—

(a)that the document was not in his possession or under his control; and

(b)that it was not reasonably practicable for him to comply with the requirement.

(6)If a person is charged with an offence under subsection (4) in respect of a requirement—

(a)to provide an explanation of a document, or

(b)to state where a document is to be found,

it is a defence for him to prove that he had a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with the requirement.

(7)A person who intentionally obstructs the Director in the exercise of his powers under section 44 is guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the prescribed sum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(8)A person who wilfully alters, suppresses or destroys any document which he has been required to produce under section 44(2) is guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the prescribed sum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

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68 Services relating to use of land.E+W+S+N.I.

In section 137 of the Fair Trading Act 1973, after subsection (3) insert—

(3A)The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument—

(a)provide that “the supply of services” in the provisions of this Act is to include, or to cease to include, any activity specified in the order which consists in, or in making arrangements in connection with, permitting the use of land; and

(b)for that purpose, amend or repeal any of paragraphs (c), (d), (e) or (g) of subsection (3) above.

(3B)No order under subsection (3A) above is to be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(3C)The provisions of Schedule 9 to this Act apply in the case of a draft of any such order as they apply in the case of a draft of an order to which section 91(1) above applies.

69 Reports: monopoly references.E+W+S+N.I.

In section 83 of the M7Fair Trading Act 1973—

(a)in subsection (1), omit “Subject to subsection (1A) below”; and

(b)omit subsection (1A) (reports on monopoly references to be transmitted to certain persons at least twenty-four hours before laying before Parliament).

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Part IVE+W+S+N.I. Supplemental and Transitional

70 Contracts as to patented products etc.E+W+S+N.I.

Sections 44 and 45 of the M8Patents Act 1977 shall cease to have effect.

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71 Regulations, orders and rules.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any power to make regulations or orders which is conferred by this Act is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)The power to make rules which is conferred by section 48 is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(3)Any statutory instrument made under this Act may—

(a)contain such incidental, supplemental, consequential and transitional provision as the Secretary of State considers appropriate; and

(b)make different provision for different cases.

(4)No order is to be made under—

(a)section 3,

(b)section 19,

(c)section 36(8),

(d)section 50, or

(e)paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 4,

unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.

(5)Any statutory instrument made under this Act, apart from one made—

(a)under any of the provisions mentioned in subsection (4), or

(b)under section 76(3),

shall be subject to annulment by a resolution of either House of Parliament.

72 Offences by bodies corporate etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies to an offence under any of sections 42 to 44, 55(8) or 65.

(2)If an offence committed by a body corporate is proved—

(a)to have been committed with the consent or connivance of an officer, or

(b)to be attributable to any neglect on his part,

the officer as well as the body corporate is guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(3)In subsection (2) “officer”, in relation to a body corporate, means a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body, or a person purporting to act in any such capacity.

(4)If the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (2) applies in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.

(5)If an offence committed by a partnership in Scotland is proved—

(a)to have been committed with the consent or connivance of a partner, or

(b)to be attributable to any neglect on his part,

the partner as well as the partnership is guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(6)In subsection (5) “partner” includes a person purporting to act as a partner.

73 Crown application.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any provision made by or under this Act binds the Crown except that—

(a)the Crown is not criminally liable as a result of any such provision;

(b)the Crown is not liable for any penalty under any such provision; and

(c)nothing in this Act affects Her Majesty in her private capacity.

(2)Subsection (1)(a) does not affect the application of any provision of this Act in relation to persons in the public service of the Crown.

(3)Subsection (1)(c) is to be interpreted as if section 38(3) of the M9Crown Proceedings Act 1947 (interpretation of references in that Act to Her Majesty in her private capacity) were contained in this Act.

(4)If, in respect of a suspected infringement of the Chapter I prohibition or of the Chapter II prohibition otherwise than by the Crown or a person in the public service of the Crown, an investigation is conducted under section 25—

(a)the power conferred by section 27 may not be exercised in relation to land which is occupied by a government department, or otherwise for purposes of the Crown, without the written consent of the appropriate person; and

(b)section 28 does not apply in relation to land so occupied.

(5)In any case in which consent is required under subsection (4), the person who is the appropriate person in relation to that case is to be determined in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(6)Sections 62 and 63 do not apply in relation to land which is occupied by a government department, or otherwise for purposes of the Crown, unless the matter being investigated is a suspected infringement by the Crown or by a person in the public service of the Crown.

(7)In subsection (6) “infringement” means an infringement of Community law relating to Article 85 or 86 of the Treaty establishing the European Community.

(8)If the Secretary of State certifies that it appears to him to be in the interests of national security that the powers of entry—

(a)conferred by section 27, or

(b)that may be conferred by a warrant under section 28, 62 or 63,

should not be exercisable in relation to premises held or used by or on behalf of the Crown and which are specified in the certificate, those powers are not exercisable in relation to those premises.

(9)Any amendment, repeal or revocation made by this Act binds the Crown to the extent that the enactment amended, repealed or revoked binds the Crown.

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74 Amendments, transitional provisions, savings and repeals.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The minor and consequential amendments set out in Schedule 12 are to have effect.

(2)The transitional provisions and savings set out in Schedule 13 are to have effect.

(3)The enactments set out in Schedule 14 are repealed.

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Commencement Information

I9S. 74 partly in force; s. 74 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); s. 74 in force for certain purposes at 1.11.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; s. 74(1)(3) in force for certain purposes at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2; s. 74 in force for certain purposes at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

75 Consequential and supplementary provision.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Secretary of State may by order make such incidental, consequential, transitional or supplemental provision as he thinks necessary or expedient for the general purposes, or any particular purpose, of this Act or in consequence of any of its provisions or for giving full effect to it.

(2)An order under subsection (1) may, in particular, make provision—

(a)for enabling any person by whom any powers will become exercisable, on a date specified by or under this Act, by virtue of any provision made by or under this Act to take before that date any steps which are necessary as a preliminary to the exercise of those powers;

(b)for making savings, or additional savings, from the effect of any repeal made by or under this Act.

(3)Amendments made under this section shall be in addition, and without prejudice, to those made by or under any other provision of this Act.

(4)No other provision of this Act restricts the powers conferred by this section.

76 Short title, commencement and extent.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Competition Act 1998.

(2)Sections 71 and 75 and this section and paragraphs 1 to 7 and 35 of Schedule 13 come into force on the passing of this Act.

(3)The other provisions of this Act come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint; and different days may be appointed for different purposes.

(4)This Act extends to Northern Ireland.

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Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 76 power partly exercised (9.11.1998): 26.11.1998 appointed for specified provisions by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2

P2S. 76 power partly exercised (16.12.1998): 11.1.1999 appointed for specified provisions by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.

P3S. 76 power partly exercised (2.3.1999): 1.4.1999 appointed for specified provisions by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2

P4S. 76 power partly exercised (19.10.1999): 10.11.1999 appointed for specified provisions by S.I. 1999/2859, art. 2

SCHEDULES

Sections 3(1)(a) and 19(1)(a).

SCHEDULE 1E+W+S+N.I. Exclusions: Mergers and Concentrations

Part IE+W+S+N.I. Mergers

Enterprises ceasing to be distinct: the Chapter I prohibitionE+W+S+N.I.

1(1)To the extent to which an agreement (either on its own or when taken together with another agreement) results, or if carried out would result, in any two enterprises ceasing to be distinct enterprises for the purposes of Part V of the M10Fair Trading Act 1973 (“the 1973 Act”), the Chapter I prohibition does not apply to the agreement.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The exclusion provided by sub-paragraph (1) extends to any provision directly related and necessary to the implementation of the merger provisions.

(3)In sub-paragraph (2) “merger provisions” means the provisions of the agreement which cause, or if carried out would cause, the agreement to have the result mentioned in sub-paragraph (1).

(4)Section 65 of the 1973 Act applies for the purposes of this paragraph as if—

(a)in subsection (3) (circumstances in which a person or group of persons may be treated as having control of an enterprise), and

(b)in subsection (4) (circumstances in which a person or group of persons may be treated as bringing an enterprise under their control),

for “may” there were substituted “ must ”.

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Enterprises ceasing to be distinct: the Chapter II prohibitionE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)To the extent to which conduct (either on its own or when taken together with other conduct)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)results in any two enterprises ceasing to be distinct enterprises for the purposes of Part V of the 1973 Act), or

(b)is directly related and necessary to the attainment of the result mentioned in paragraph (a),

the Chapter II prohibition does not apply to that conduct.

(2)Section 65 of the 1973 Act applies for the purposes of this paragraph as it applies for the purposes of paragraph 1.

Transfer of a newspaper or of newspaper assetsE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement to the extent to which it constitutes, or would if carried out constitute, a transfer of a newspaper or of newspaper assets for the purposes of section 57 of the 1973 Act.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Chapter II prohibition does not apply to conduct (either on its own or when taken together with other conduct) to the extent to which—

(a)it constitutes such a transfer, or

(b)it is directly related and necessary to the implementation of the transfer.

(3)The exclusion provided by sub-paragraph (1) extends to any provision directly related and necessary to the implementation of the transfer.

Withdrawal of the paragraph 1 exclusionE+W+S+N.I.

4(1)The exclusion provided by paragraph 1 does not apply to a particular agreement if the Director gives a direction under this paragraph to that effect.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If the Director is considering whether to give a direction under this paragraph, he may by notice in writing require any party to the agreement in question to give him such information in connection with the agreement as he may require.

(3)The Director may give a direction under this paragraph only as provided in sub-paragraph (4) or (5).

(4)If at the end of such period as may be specified in rules under section 51 a person has failed, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a requirement imposed under sub-paragraph (2), the Director may give a direction under this paragraph.

(5)The Director may also give a direction under this paragraph if—

(a)he considers—

(i)that the agreement will, if not excluded, infringe the Chapter I prohibition; and

(ii)that he is not likely to grant it an unconditional individual exemption; and

(b)the agreement is not a protected agreement.

(6)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (5), an individual exemption is unconditional if no conditions or obligations are imposed in respect of it under section 4(3)(a).

(7)A direction under this paragraph—

(a)must be in writing;

(b)may be made so as to have effect from a date specified in the direction (which may not be earlier than the date on which it is given).

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C27Sch. 1 para. 4 applied (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/310, art. 7

Protected agreementsE+W+S+N.I.

5An agreement is a protected agreement for the purposes of paragraph 4 if—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the Secretary of State has announced his decision not to make a merger reference to the Competition Commission under section 64 of the 1973 Act in connection with the agreement;

(b)the Secretary of State has made a merger reference to the Competition Commission under section 64 of the 1973 Act in connection with the agreement and the Commission has found that the agreement has given rise to, or would if carried out give rise to, a merger situation qualifying for investigation;

(c)the agreement does not fall within sub-paragraph (a) or (b) but has given rise to, or would if carried out give rise to, enterprises to which it relates being regarded under section 65 of the 1973 Act as ceasing to be distinct enterprises (otherwise than as the result of subsection (3) or (4)(b) of that section); or

(d)the Secretary of State has made a merger reference to the Competition Commission under section 32 of the M11Water Industry Act 1991 in connection with the agreement and the Commission has found that the agreement has given rise to, or would if carried out give rise to, a merger of the kind to which that section applies.

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Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Concentrations subject to EC controls

6(1)To the extent to which an agreement (either on its own or when taken together with another agreement) gives rise to, or would if carried out give rise to, a concentration, the Chapter I prohibition does not apply to the agreement if the Merger Regulation gives the Commission exclusive jurisdiction in the matter.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)To the extent to which conduct (either on its own or when taken together with other conduct) gives rise to, or would if pursued give rise to, a concentration, the Chapter II prohibition does not apply to the conduct if the Merger Regulation gives the Commission exclusive jurisdiction in the matter.

(3)In this paragraph—

  • concentration” means a concentration with a Community dimension within the meaning of Articles 1 and 3 of the Merger Regulation; and

  • Merger Regulation” means Council Regulation (EEC) No. 4064/89 of 21st December 1989 on the control of concentrations between undertakings as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No. 1310/97 of 30th June 1997.

Section 3(1)(b).

SCHEDULE 2E+W+S+N.I. Exclusions: Other Competition Scrutiny

Part IE+W+S+N.I. Financial Services

The Financial Services Act 1986 (c.60)E+W+S+N.I.

1(1)The Financial Services Act 1986 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)For section 125 (effect of the M12Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976), substitute—

125 The Competition Act 1998: Chapter I prohibition.

(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement for the constitution of—

(a)a recognised self-regulating organisation,

(b)a recognised investment exchange, or

(c)a recognised clearing house,

to the extent to which the agreement relates to the regulating provisions of the body concerned.

(2)Subject to subsection (3) below, the Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement for the constitution of—

(a)a self-regulating organisation,

(b)an investment exchange, or

(c)a clearing house,

to the extent to which the agreement relates to the regulating provisions of the body concerned.

(3)The exclusion provided by subsection (2) above applies only if—

(a)the body has applied for a recognition order in accordance with the provisions of this Act; and

(b)the application has not been determined.

(4)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to a decision made by—

(a)a recognised self-regulating organisation,

(b)a recognised investment exchange, or

(c)a recognised clearing house,

to the extent to which the decision relates to any of that body’s regulating provisions or specified practices.

(5)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to the specified practices of—

(a)a recognised self-regulating organisation, a recognised investment exchange or a recognised clearing house; or

(b)a person who is subject to—

(i)the rules of one of those bodies, or

(ii)the statements of principle, rules, regulations or codes of practice made by a designated agency in the exercise of functions transferred to it by a delegation order.

(6)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to any agreement the parties to which consist of or include—

(a)a recognised self-regulating organisation, a recognised investment exchange or a recognised clearing house; or

(b)a person who is subject to—

(i)the rules of one of those bodies, or

(ii)the statements of principle, rules, regulations or codes of practice made by a designated agency in the exercise of functions transferred to it by a delegation order,

to the extent to which the agreement consists of provisions the inclusion of which is required or contemplated by any of the body’s regulating provisions or specified practices or by the statements of principle, rules, regulations or codes of practice of the agency.

(7)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to—

(a)any clearing arrangements; or

(b)any agreement between a recognised investment exchange and a recognised clearing house, to the extent to which the agreement consists of provisions the inclusion of which in the agreement is required or contemplated by any clearing arrangements.

(8)If the recognition order in respect of a body of the kind mentioned in subsection (1)(a), (b) or (c) above is revoked, subsections (1) and (4) to (7) above are to have effect as if that body had continued to be recognised until the end of the period of six months beginning with the day on which the revocation took effect.

(9)In this section—

  • the Chapter I prohibition” means the prohibition imposed by section 2(1) of the Competition Act 1998;

  • regulating provisions” means—

    (a)

    in relation to a self-regulating organisation, any rules made, or guidance issued, by the organisation;

    (b)

    in relation to an investment exchange, any rules made, or guidance issued, by the exchange;

    (c)

    in relation to a clearing house, any rules made, or guidance issued, by the clearing house;

  • specified practices” means—

    (a)

    in the case of a recognised self-regulating organisation, the practices mentioned in section 119(2)(a)(ii) and (iii) above (read with section 119(5) and (6)(a));

    (b)

    in the case of a recognised investment exchange, the practices mentioned in section 119(2)(b)(ii) and (iii) above (read with section 119(5) and (6)(b));

    (c)

    in the case of a recognised clearing house, the practices mentioned in section 119(2)(c)(ii) and (iii) above (read with section 119(5) and (6)(b));

    (d)

    in the case of a person who is subject to the statements of principle, rules, regulations or codes of practice issued or made by a designated agency in the exercise of functions transferred to it by a delegation order, the practices mentioned in section 121(2)(c) above (read with section 121(4));

    and expressions used in this section which are also used in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 are to be interpreted in the same way as for the purposes of that Part of that Act.

(3)Omit section 126 (certain practices not to constitute anti-competitive practices for the purposes of the M13Competition Act 1980).

(4)For section 127 (modification of statutory provisions in relation to recognised professional bodies), substitute—

127 Application of Competition Act 1998 in relation to recognised professional bodies: Chapter I prohibition.

(1)This section applies to—

(a)any agreement for the constitution of a recognised professional body to the extent to which it relates to the rules or guidance of that body relating to the carrying on of investment business by persons certified by it (“investment business rules”); and

(b)any other agreement, the parties to which consist of or include—

(i)a recognised professional body,

(ii)a person certified by such a body, or

(iii)a member of such a body,

and which contains a provision required or contemplated by that body’s investment business rules.

(2)If it appears to the Treasury, in relation to some or all of the provisions of an agreement to which this section applies—

(a)that the provisions in question do not have, and are not intended or likely to have, to any significant extent the effect of restricting, distorting or preventing competition; or

(b)that the effect of restricting, distorting or preventing competition which the provisions in question do have, or are intended or are likely to have, is not greater than is necessary for the protection of investors,

the Treasury may make a declaration to that effect.

(3)If the Treasury make a declaration under this section, the Chapter I prohibition does not apply to the agreement to the extent to which the agreement consists of provisions to which the declaration relates.

(4)If the Treasury are satisfied that there has been a material change of circumstances, they may—

(a)revoke a declaration made under this section, if they consider that the grounds on which it was made no longer exist;

(b)vary such a declaration, if they consider that there are grounds for making a different declaration; or

(c)make a declaration even though they have notified the Director of their intention not to do so.

(5)If the Treasury make, vary or revoke a declaration under this section they must notify the Director of their decision.

(6)If the Director proposes to exercise any Chapter III powers in respect of any provisions of an agreement to which this section applies, he must—

(a)notify the Treasury of his intention to do so; and

(b)give the Treasury particulars of the agreement and such other information—

(i)as he considers will assist the Treasury to decide whether to exercise their powers under this section; or

(ii)as the Treasury may request.

(7)The Director may not exercise his Chapter III powers in respect of any provisions of an agreement to which this section applies, unless the Treasury—

(a)have notified him that they have not made a declaration in respect of those provisions under this section and that they do not intend to make such a declaration; or

(b)have revoked a declaration under this section and a period of six months beginning with the date on which the revocation took effect has expired.

(8)A declaration under this section ceases to have effect if the agreement to which it relates ceases to be one to which this section applies.

(9)In this section—

  • the Chapter I prohibition” means the prohibition imposed by section 2(1) of the Competition Act 1998,

  • Chapter III powers” means the powers given to the Director by Chapter III of Part I of that Act so far as they relate to the Chapter I prohibition, and

expressions used in this section which are also used in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 are to be interpreted in the same way as for the purposes of that Part of that Act.

(10)In this section references to an agreement are to be read as applying equally to, or in relation to, a decision or concerted practice.

(11)In the application of this section to decisions and concerted practices, references to provisions of an agreement are to be read as references to elements of a decision or concerted practice.

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Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Companies

The Companies Act 1989 (c.40)E+W+S+N.I.

2(1)The Companies Act 1989 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In Schedule 14, for paragraph 9 (exclusion of certain agreements from the M14Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976), substitute—

The Competition Act 1998E+W+S+N.I.

9(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement for the constitution of a recognised supervisory or qualifying body to the extent to which it relates to—

(a)rules of, or guidance issued by, the body; and

(b)incidental matters connected with the rules or guidance.

(2)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement the parties to which consist of or include—

(a)a recognised supervisory or qualifying body, or

(b)any person mentioned in paragraph 3(5) or (6) above,

to the extent to which the agreement consists of provisions the inclusion of which in the agreement is required or contemplated by the rules or guidance of that body.

(3)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to the practices mentioned in paragraph 3(4)(a) and (b) above.

(4)Where a recognition order is revoked, sub-paragraphs (1) to (3) above are to continue to apply for a period of six months beginning with the day on which the revocation takes effect, as if the order were still in force.

(5)In this paragraph—

(a)the Chapter I prohibition” means the prohibition imposed by section 2(1) of the Competition Act 1998,

(b)references to an agreement are to be read as applying equally to, or in relation to, a decision or concerted practice,

and expressions used in this paragraph which are also used in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 are to be interpreted in the same way as for the purposes of that Part of that Act.

(6)In the application of this paragraph to decisions and concerted practices, references to provisions of an agreement are to be read as references to elements of a decision or concerted practice.

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The Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 (S.I. 1990/593 (N.I. 5))E+W+S+N.I.

3(1)The Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In Schedule 14, for paragraph 9 (exclusion of certain agreements from the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976), substitute—

The Competition Act 1998E+W+S+N.I.

9(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement for the constitution of a recognised supervisory or qualifying body to the extent to which it relates to—

(a)rules of, or guidance issued by, the body; and

(b)incidental matters connected with the rules or guidance.

(2)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement the parties to which consist of or include—

(a)a recognised supervisory or qualifying body, or

(b)any person mentioned in paragraph 3(5) or (6),

to the extent to which the agreement consists of provisions the inclusion of which in the agreement is required or contemplated by the rules or guidance of that body.

(3)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to the practices mentioned in paragraph 3(4)(a) and (b).

(4)Where a recognition order is revoked, sub-paragraphs (1) to (3) are to continue to apply for a period of 6 months beginning with the day on which the revocation takes effect, as if the order were still in force.

(5)In this paragraph—

(a)the Chapter I prohibition” means the prohibition imposed by section 2(1) of the Competition Act 1998,

(b)references to an agreement are to be read as applying equally to, or in relation to, a decision or concerted practice,

and expressions used in this paragraph which are also used in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 are to be interpreted in the same way as for the purposes of that Part of that Act.

(6)In the application of this paragraph to decisions and concerted practices, references to provisions of an agreement are to be read as references to elements of a decision or concerted practice.

Part IIIE+W+S+N.I. Broadcasting

The Broadcasting Act 1990 (c.42)E+W+S+N.I.

4(1)The Broadcasting Act 1990 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In section 194A (which modifies the M15Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 in its application to agreements relating to Channel 3 news provision), for subsections (2) to (6), substitute—

(2)If, having sought the advice of the Director, it appears to the Secretary of State, in relation to some or all of the provisions of a relevant agreement, that the conditions mentioned in subsection (3) are satisfied, he may make a declaration to that effect.

(3)The conditions are that—

(a)the provisions in question do not have, and are not intended or likely to have, to any significant extent the effect of restricting, distorting or preventing competition; or

(b)the effect of restricting, distorting or preventing competition which the provisions in question do have or are intended or are likely to have, is not greater than is necessary—

(i)in the case of a relevant agreement falling within subsection (1)(a), for securing the appointment by holders of regional Channel 3 licences of a single body corporate to be the appointed news provider for the purposes of section 31(2), or

(ii)in the case of a relevant agreement falling within subsection (1)(b), for compliance by them with conditions included in their licences by virtue of section 31(1) and (2).

(4)If the Secretary of State makes a declaration under this section, the Chapter I prohibition does not apply to the agreement to the extent to which the agreement consists of provisions to which the declaration relates.

(5)If the Secretary of State is satisfied that there has been a material change of circumstances, he may—

(a)revoke a declaration made under this section, if he considers that the grounds on which it was made no longer exist;

(b)vary such a declaration, if he considers that there are grounds for making a different declaration; or

(c)make a declaration, even though he has notified the Director of his intention not to do so.

(6)If the Secretary of State makes, varies or revokes a declaration under this section, he must notify the Director of his decision.

(7)The Director may not exercise any Chapter III powers in respect of a relevant agreement, unless—

(a)he has notified the Secretary of State of his intention to do so; and

(b)the Secretary of State—

(i)has notified the Director that he has not made a declaration in respect of the agreement, or provisions of the agreement, under this section and that he does not intend to make such a declaration; or

(ii)has revoked a declaration under this section and a period of six months beginning with the date on which the revocation took effect has expired.

(8)If the Director proposes to exercise any Chapter III powers in respect of a relevant agreement, he must give the Secretary of State particulars of the agreement and such other information—

(a)as he considers will assist the Secretary of State to decide whether to exercise his powers under this section; or

(b)as the Secretary of State may request.

(9)In this section—

  • the Chapter I prohibition” means the prohibition imposed by section 2(1) of the Competition Act 1998;

  • Chapter III powers” means the powers given to the Director by Chapter III of Part I of that Act so far as they relate to the Chapter I prohibition;

  • Director” means the Director General of Fair Trading;

  • regional Channel 3 licence” has the same meaning as in Part I;

and expressions used in this section which are also used in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 are to be interpreted in the same way as for the purposes of that Part of that Act.

(10)In this section references to an agreement are to be read as applying equally to, or in relation to, a decision or concerted practice.

(11)In the application of this section to decisions and concerted practices, references to provisions of an agreement are to be read as references to elements of a decision or concerted practice.

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Networking arrangements under the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c.42)E+W+S+N.I.

5(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply in respect of any networking arrangements to the extent to which they—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)are subject to Schedule 4 to the Broadcasting Act 1990 (competition references with respect to networking arrangements); or

(b)contain provisions which have been considered under that Schedule.

(2)The Independent Television Commission (“ITC”) must publish a list of the networking arrangements which in their opinion are excluded from the Chapter I prohibition by virtue of sub-paragraph (1).

(3)The ITC must—

(a)consult the Director before publishing the list, and

(b)publish the list in such a way as they think most suitable for bringing it to the attention of persons who, in their opinion, would be affected by, or likely to have an interest in, it.

(4)In this paragraph “networking arrangements” means—

(a)any arrangements entered into as mentioned in section 39(4) or (7)(b) of the Broadcasting Act 1990, or

(b)any agreements—

(i)which do not constitute arrangements of the kind mentioned in paragraph (a), but

(ii)which are made for the purpose mentioned in section 39(1) of that Act, or

(c)any modification of the arrangements or agreements mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b).

Part IVE+W+S+N.I. Environmental Protection

Producer responsibility obligationsE+W+S+N.I.

6(1)The M16Environment Act 1995 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In section 94(1) (supplementary provisions about regulations imposing producer responsibility obligations on prescribed persons), after paragraph (o), insert—

(oa)the exclusion or modification of any provision of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 in relation to exemption schemes or in relation to any agreement, decision or concerted practice at least one of the parties to which is an operator of an exemption scheme;.

(3)After section 94(6), insert—

(6A)Expressions used in paragraph (oa) of subsection (1) above which are also used in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 are to be interpreted in the same way as for the purposes of that Part of that Act.

(4)After section 94, insert—

94A Producer responsibility: competition matters.

(1)For the purposes of this section, the relevant paragraphs are paragraphs (n), (o), (oa) and (ya) of section 94(1) above.

(2)Regulations made by virtue of any of the relevant paragraphs may include transitional provision in respect of agreements or exemption schemes—

(a)in respect of which information has been required for the purposes of competition scrutiny under any regulation made by virtue of paragraph (ya);

(b)which are being, or have been, considered for the purposes of competition scrutiny under any regulation made by virtue of paragraph (n) or (ya); or

(c)in respect of which provisions of the M17Restrictive Trade Practices Acts 1976 and M181977 have been modified or excluded in accordance with any regulation made by virtue of paragraph (o).

(3)Subsections (2), (3), (5) to (7) and (10) of section 93 above do not apply to a statutory instrument which contains only regulations made by virtue of any of the relevant paragraphs or subsection (2) above.

(4)Such a statutory instrument shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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SCHEDULE 3E+W+S+N.I. General Exclusions

Planning obligationsE+W+S+N.I.

1(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)to the extent to which it is a planning obligation;

(b)which is made under section 75 (agreements regulating development or use of land) or 246 (agreements relating to Crown land) of the M19Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997; or

(c)which is made under Article 40 of the M20Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1)(a), “planning obligation” means—

(a)a planning obligation for the purposes of section 106 of the M21Town and Country Planning Act 1990; or

(b)a planning obligation for the purposes of section 299A of that Act.

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Section 21(2) agreementsE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement in respect of which a direction under section 21(2) of the M22Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 is in force immediately before the coming into force of section 2 (“a section 21(2) agreement”).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If a material variation is made to a section 21(2) agreement, sub-paragraph (1) ceases to apply to the agreement on the coming into force of the variation.

(3)Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to a particular section 21(2) agreement if the Director gives a direction under this paragraph to that effect.

(4)If the Director is considering whether to give a direction under this paragraph, he may by notice in writing require any party to the agreement in question to give him such information in connection with the agreement as he may require.

(5)The Director may give a direction under this paragraph only as provided in sub-paragraph (6) or (7).

(6)If at the end of such period as may be specified in rules under section 51 a person has failed, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a requirement imposed under sub-paragraph (4), the Director may give a direction under this paragraph.

(7)The Director may also give a direction under this paragraph if he considers—

(a)that the agreement will, if not excluded, infringe the Chapter I prohibition; and

(b)that he is not likely to grant it an unconditional individual exemption.

(8)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (7) an individual exemption is unconditional if no conditions or obligations are imposed in respect of it under section 4(3)(a).

(9)A direction under this paragraph—

(a)must be in writing;

(b)may be made so as to have effect from a date specified in the direction (which may not be earlier than the date on which it is given).

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EEA Regulated MarketsE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement for the constitution of an EEA regulated market to the extent to which the agreement relates to any of the rules made, or guidance issued, by that market.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to a decision made by an EEA regulated market, to the extent to which the decision relates to any of the market’s regulating provisions.

(3)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to—

(a)any practices of an EEA regulated market; or

(b)any practices which are trading practices in relation to an EEA regulated market.

(4)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement the parties to which are or include—

(a)an EEA regulated market, or

(b)a person who is subject to the rules of that market,

to the extent to which the agreement consists of provisions the inclusion of which is required or contemplated by the regulating provisions of that market.

(5)In this paragraph—

  • EEA regulated market” is a market which—

    (a)

    is listed by an EEA State other than the United Kingdom pursuant to article 16 of Council Directive No. 93/22/EEC of 10th May 1993 on investment services in the securities field; and

    (b)

    operates without any requirement that a person dealing on the market should have a physical presence in the EEA State from which any trading facilities are provided or on any trading floor that the market may have;

  • EEA State” means a State which is a contracting party to the EEA Agreement;

  • regulating provisions”, in relation to an EEA regulated market, means—

    (a)

    rules made, or guidance issued, by that market,

    (b)

    practices of that market, or

    (c)

    practices which, in relation to that market, are trading practices;

  • trading practices”, in relation to an EEA regulated market, means practices of persons who are subject to the rules made by that market, and—

    (a)

    which relate to business in respect of which those persons are subject to the rules of that market, and which are required or contemplated by those rules or by guidance issued by that market; or

    (b)

    which are otherwise attributable to the conduct of that market as such.

Services of general economic interest etc.E+W+S+N.I.

4Neither the Chapter I prohibition nor the Chapter II prohibition applies to an undertaking entrusted with the operation of services of general economic interest or having the character of a revenue-producing monopoly in so far as the prohibition would obstruct the performance, in law or in fact, of the particular tasks assigned to that undertaking.E+W+S+N.I.

Compliance with legal requirementsE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement to the extent to which it is made in order to comply with a legal requirement.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Chapter II prohibition does not apply to conduct to the extent to which it is engaged in an order to comply with a legal requirement.

(3)In this paragraph “legal requirement” means a requirement—

(a)imposed by or under any enactment in force in the United Kingdom;

(b)imposed by or under the Treaty or the EEA Agreement and having legal effect in the United Kingdom without further enactment; or

(c)imposed by or under the law in force in another Member State and having legal effect in the United Kingdom.

Avoidance of conflict with international obligationsE+W+S+N.I.

6(1)If the Secretary of State is satisfied that, in order to avoid a conflict between provisions of this Part and an international obligation of the United Kingdom, it would be appropriate for the Chapter I prohibition not to apply to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a particular agreement, or

(b)any agreement of a particular description,

he may by order exclude the agreement, or agreements of that description, from the Chapter I prohibition.

(2)An order under sub-paragraph (1) may make provision for the exclusion of the agreement or agreements to which the order applies, or of such of them as may be specified, only in specified circumstances.

(3)An order under sub-paragraph (1) may also provide that the Chapter I prohibition is to be deemed never to have applied in relation to the agreement or agreements, or in relation to such of them as may be specified.

(4)If the Secretary of State is satisfied that, in order to avoid a conflict between provisions of this Part and an international obligation of the United Kingdom, it would be appropriate for the Chapter II prohibition not to apply in particular circumstances, he may by order provide for it not to apply in such circumstances as may be specified.

(5)An order under sub-paragraph (4) may provide that the Chapter II prohibition is to be deemed never to have applied in relation to specified conduct.

(6)An international arrangement relating to civil aviation and designated by an order made by the Secretary of State is to be treated as an international obligation for the purposes of this paragraph.

(7)In this paragraph and paragraph 7 “specified” means specified in the order.

Public policyE+W+S+N.I.

7(1)If the Secretary of State is satisfied that there are exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy why the Chapter I prohibition ought not to apply to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a particular agreement, or

(b)any agreement of a particular description,

he may by order exclude the agreement, or agreements of that description, from the Chapter I prohibition.

(2)An order under sub-paragraph (1) may make provision for the exclusion of the agreement or agreements to which the order applies, or of such of them as may be specified, only in specified circumstances.

(3)An order under sub-paragraph (1) may also provide that the Chapter I prohibition is to be deemed never to have applied in relation to the agreement or agreements, or in relation to such of them as may be specified.

(4)If the Secretary of State is satisfied that there are exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy why the Chapter II prohibition ought not to apply in particular circumstances, he may by order provide for it not to apply in such circumstances as may be specified.

(5)An order under sub-paragraph (4) may provide that the Chapter II prohibition is to be deemed never to have applied in relation to specified conduct.

Coal and steelE+W+S+N.I.

8(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement which relates to a coal or steel product to the extent to which the ECSC Treaty gives the Commission exclusive jurisdiction in the matter.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) ceases to have effect on the date on which the ECSC Treaty expires (“the expiry date”).

(3)The Chapter II prohibition does not apply to conduct which relates to a coal or steel product to the extent to which the ECSC Treaty gives the Commission exclusive jurisdiction in the matter.

(4)Sub-paragraph (3) ceases to have effect on the expiry date.

(5)In this paragraph—

  • coal or steel product” means any product of a kind listed in Annex I to the ECSC Treaty; and

  • ECSC Treaty” means the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community.

Agricultural productsE+W+S+N.I.

9(1)The Chapter I prohibition does not apply to an agreement to the extent to which it relates to production of or trade in an agricultural product and—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)forms an integral part of a national market organisation;

(b)is necessary for the attainment of the objectives set out in Article 39 of the Treaty; or

(c)is an agreement of farmers or farmers’ associations (or associations of such associations) belonging to a single member State which concerns—

(i)the production or sale of agricultural products, or

(ii)the use of joint facilities for the storage, treatment or processing of agricultural products,

and under which there is no obligation to charge identical prices.

(2)If the Commission determines that an agreement does not fulfil the conditions specified by the provision for agricultural products for exclusion from Article 85(1), the exclusion provided by this paragraph (“the agriculture exclusion”) is to be treated as ceasing to apply to the agreement on the date of the decision.

(3)The agriculture exclusion does not apply to a particular agreement if the Director gives a direction under this paragraph to that effect.

(4)If the Director is considering whether to give a direction under this paragraph, he may by notice in writing require any party to the agreement in question to give him such information in connection with the agreement as he may require.

(5)The Director may give a direction under this paragraph only as provided in sub-paragraph (6) or (7).

(6)If at the end of such period as may be specified in rules under section 51 a person has failed, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a requirement imposed under sub-paragraph (4), the Director may give a direction under this paragraph.

(7)The Director may also give a direction under this paragraph if he considers that an agreement (whether or not he considers that it infringes the Chapter I prohibition) is likely, or is intended, substantially and unjustifiably to prevent, restrict or distort competition in relation to an agricultural product.

(8)A direction under this paragraph—

(a)must be in writing;

(b)may be made so as to have effect from a date specified in the direction (which may not be earlier than the date on which it is given).

(9)In this paragraph—

  • agricultural product” means any product of a kind listed in Annex II to the Treaty; and

  • provision for agricultural products” means Council Regulation (EEC) No. 26/62 of 4th April 1962 applying certain rules of competition to production of and trade in agricultural products.

Section 3(1)(d).

SCHEDULE 4E+W+S+N.I. Professional Rules

Part IE+W+S+N.I. Exclusion

GeneralE+W+S+N.I.

1(1)To the extent to which an agreement (either on its own or when taken together with another agreement)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)constitutes a designated professional rule,

(b)imposes obligations arising from designated professional rules, or

(c)constitutes an agreement to act in accordance with such rules,

the Chapter I prohibition does not apply to the agreement.

(2)In this Schedule—

  • designated” means designated by the Secretary of State under paragraph 2;

  • professional rules” means rules regulating a professional service or the persons providing, or wishing to provide, that service;

  • professional service” means any of the services described in Part II of this Schedule; and

  • rules” includes regulations, codes of practice and statements of principle.

Designated rulesE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)The Secretary of State must establish and maintain a list designating, for the purposes of this Schedule, rules—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)which are notified to him under paragraph 3; and

(b)which, in his opinion, are professional rules.

(2)The list is to be established, and any alteration in the list is to be effected, by an order made by the Secretary of State.

(3)The designation of any rule is to have effect from such date (which may be earlier than the date on which the order listing it is made) as may be specified in that order.

Application for designationE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)Any body regulating a professional service or the persons who provide, or wish to provide, that service may apply to the Secretary of State for rules of that body to be designated.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)An application under this paragraph must—

(a)be accompanied by a copy of the rules to which it relates; and

(b)be made in the prescribed manner.

AlterationsE+W+S+N.I.

4(1)A rule does not cease to be a designated professional rule merely because it is altered.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If such a rule is altered (whether by being modified, revoked or replaced), the body concerned must notify the Secretary of State and the Director of the alteration as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Reviewing the listE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)The Secretary of State must send to the Director—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a copy of any order made under paragraph 2; and

(b)a copy of the professional rules to which the order relates.

(2)The Director must—

(a)retain any copy of a professional rule which is sent to him under sub-paragraph (1)(b) so long as the rule remains in force;

(b)maintain a copy of the list, as altered from time to time; and

(c)keep the list under review.

(3)If the Director considers—

(a)that, with a view to restricting the exclusion provided by this Schedule, some or all of the rules of a particular body should no longer be designated, or

(b)that rules which are not designated should be designated,

he must advise the Secretary of State accordingly.

Removal from the listE+W+S+N.I.

6(1)This paragraph applies if the Secretary of State receives advice under paragraph 5(3)(a).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If it appears to the Secretary of State that another Minister of the Crown has functions in relation to the professional service concerned, he must consult that Minister.

(3)If it appears to the Secretary of State, having considered the Director’s advice and the advice of any other Minister resulting from consultation under sub-paragraph (2), that the rules in question should no longer be designated, he may by order revoke their designation.

(4)Revocation of a designation is to have effect from such date as the order revoking it may specify.

InspectionE+W+S+N.I.

7(1)Any person may inspect, and take a copy of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)any entry in the list of designated professional rules as kept by the Director under paragraph 5(2); or

(b)any copy of professional rules retained by him under paragraph 5(1).

(2)The right conferred by sub-paragraph (1) is to be exercised only—

(a)at a time which is reasonable;

(b)on payment of such fee as the Director may determine; and

(c)at such offices of his as the Director may direct.

Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Professional Services

LegalE+W+S+N.I.

8The services of barristers, advocates or solicitors.E+W+S+N.I.

MedicalE+W+S+N.I.

9The provision of medical or surgical advice or attendance and the performance of surgical operations.E+W+S+N.I.

DentalE+W+S+N.I.

10Any services falling within the practice of dentistry within the meaning of the M23Dentists Act 1984.E+W+S+N.I.

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OphthalmicE+W+S+N.I.

11The testing of sight.E+W+S+N.I.

VeterinaryE+W+S+N.I.

12Any services which constitute veterinary surgery within the meaning of the M24Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.E+W+S+N.I.

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NursingE+W+S+N.I.

13The services of nurses.E+W+S+N.I.

MidwiferyE+W+S+N.I.

14The services of midwives.E+W+S+N.I.

PhysiotherapyE+W+S+N.I.

15The services of physiotherapists.E+W+S+N.I.

ChiropodyE+W+S+N.I.

16The services of chiropodists.E+W+S+N.I.

ArchitecturalE+W+S+N.I.

17The services of architects.E+W+S+N.I.

Accounting and auditingE+W+S+N.I.

18The making or preparation of accounts or accounting records and the examination, verification and auditing of financial statements.E+W+S+N.I.

InsolvencyE+W+S+N.I.

19Insolvency services within the meaning of section 428 of the M25Insolvency Act 1986.E+W+S+N.I.

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Patent agencyE+W+S+N.I.

20The services of registered patent agents (within the meaning of Part V of the M26Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988).E+W+S+N.I.

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21The services of persons carrying on for gain in the United Kingdom the business of acting as agents or other representatives for or obtaining European patents or for the purpose of conducting proceedings in relation to applications for or otherwise in connection with such patents before the European Patent Office or the comptroller and whose names appear on the European list (within the meaning of Part V of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988).E+W+S+N.I.

Parliamentary agencyE+W+S+N.I.

22The services of parliamentary agents entered in the register in either House of Parliament as agents entitled to practise both in promoting and in opposing Bills.E+W+S+N.I.

SurveyingE+W+S+N.I.

23The services of surveyors of land, of quantity surveyors, of surveyors of buildings or other structures and of surveyors of ships.E+W+S+N.I.

Engineering and technology etc.E+W+S+N.I.

24The services of persons practising or employed as consultants in the field of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)civil engineering;

(b)mechanical, aeronautical, marine, electrical or electronic engineering;

(c)mining, quarrying, soil analysis or other forms of mineralogy or geology;

(d)agronomy, forestry, livestock rearing or ecology;

(e)metallurgy, chemistry, biochemistry or physics; or

(f)any other form of engineering or technology analogous to those mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) to (e).

EducationalE+W+S+N.I.

25The provision of education or training.E+W+S+N.I.

ReligiousE+W+S+N.I.

26The services of ministers of religion.E+W+S+N.I.

Section 12(2).

SCHEDULE 5E+W+S+N.I. Notification under Chapter I: Procedure

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C28Sch. 5 applied (with modifications) (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/263, art. 8

Commencement Information

I10Sch. 5 partly in force; Sch. 5 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 431; Sch. 5 partly in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

Terms usedE+W+S+N.I.

1In this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

  • applicant” means the person making an application to which this Schedule applies;

  • application” means an application under section 13 or an application under section 14;

  • application for guidance” means an application under section 13;

  • application for a decision” means an application under section 14;

  • rules” means rules made by the Director under section 51; and

  • specified” means specified in the rules.

General rules about applicationsE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)An application must be made in accordance with rules.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)A party to an agreement who makes an application must take all reasonable steps to notify all other parties to the agreement of whom he is aware—

(a)that the application has been made; and

(b)as to whether it is for guidance or a decision.

(3)Notification under sub-paragraph (2) must be in the specified manner.

Preliminary investigationE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)If, after a preliminary investigation of an application, the Director considers that it is likely—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)that the agreement concerned will infringe the Chapter I prohibition, and

(b)that it would not be appropriate to grant the agreement an individual exemption,

he may make a decision (“a provisional decision”) under this paragraph.

(2)If the Director makes a provisional decision—

(a)the Director must notify the applicant in writing of his provisional decision; and

(b)section 13(4) or (as the case may be) section 14(4) is to be taken as never having applied.

(3)When making a provisional decision, the Director must follow such procedure as may be specified.

(4)A provisional decision does not affect the final determination of an application.

(5)If the Director has given notice to the applicant under sub-paragraph (2) in respect of an application for a decision, he may continue with the application under section 14.

Procedure on application for guidanceE+W+S+N.I.

4When determining an application for guidance, the Director must follow such procedure as may be specified.E+W+S+N.I.

Procedure on application for a decisionE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)When determining an application for a decision, the Director must follow such procedure as may be specified.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Director must arrange for the application to be published in such a way as he thinks most suitable for bringing it to the attention of those likely to be affected by it, unless he is satisfied that it will be sufficient for him to seek information from one or more particular persons other than the applicant.

(3)In determining the application, the Director must take into account any representations made to him by persons other than the applicant.

Publication of decisionsE+W+S+N.I.

6If the Director determines an application for a decision he must publish his decision, together with his reasons for making it, in such manner as may be specified.E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

Delay by the DirectorE+W+S+N.I.

7(1)This paragraph applies if the court is satisfied, on the application of a person aggrieved by the failure of the Director to determine an application for a decision in accordance with the specified procedure, that there has been undue delay on the part of the Director in determining the application.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The court may give such directions to the Director as it considers appropriate for securing that the application is determined without unnecessary further delay.

Section 20(2).

SCHEDULE 6E+W+S+N.I. Notification under Chapter II: Procedure

Terms usedE+W+S+N.I.

1In this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

  • applicant” means the person making an application to which this Schedule applies;

  • application” means an application under section 21 or an application under section 22;

  • application for guidance” means an application under section 21;

  • application for a decision” means an application under section 22;

  • other party”, in relation to conduct of two or more persons, means one of those persons other than the applicant;

  • rules” means rules made by the Director under section 51; and

  • specified” means specified in the rules.

General rules about applicationsE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)An application must be made in accordance with rules.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If the conduct to which an application relates is conduct of two or more persons, the applicant must take all reasonable steps to notify all of the other parties of whom he is aware—

(a)that the application has been made; and

(b)as to whether it is for guidance or a decision.

(3)Notification under sub-paragraph (2) must be in the specified manner.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C29Sch. 6 paras. 2-2C amended (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/947, art. 6

Preliminary investigationE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)If, after a preliminary investigation of an application, the Director considers that it is likely that the conduct concerned will infringe the Chapter II prohibition, he may make a decision (“a provisional decision”) under this paragraph.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If the Director makes a provisional decision, he must notify the applicant in writing of that decision.

(3)When making a provisional decision, the Director must follow such procedure as may be specified.

(4)A provisional decision does not affect the final determination of an application.

(5)If the Director has given notice to the applicant under sub-paragraph (2) in respect of an application for a decision, he may continue with the application under section 22.

Procedure on application for guidanceE+W+S+N.I.

4When determining an application for guidance, the Director must follow such procedure as may be specified.E+W+S+N.I.

Procedure on application for a decisionE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)When determining an application for a decision, the Director must follow such procedure as may be specified.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Director must arrange for the application to be published in such a way as he thinks most suitable for bringing it to the attention of those likely to be affected by it, unless he is satisfied that it will be sufficient for him to seek information from one or more particular persons other than the applicant.

(3)In determining the application, the Director must take into account any representations made to him by persons other than the applicant.

Publication of decisionsE+W+S+N.I.

6If the Director determines an application for a decision he must publish his decision, together with his reasons for making it, in such manner as may be specified.E+W+S+N.I.

Prospective

Delay by the DirectorE+W+S+N.I.

7(1)This paragraph applies if the court is satisfied, on the application of a person aggrieved by the failure of the Director to determine an application for a decision in accordance with the specified procedure, that there has been undue delay on the part of the Director in determining the application.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The court may give such directions to the Director as it considers appropriate for securing that the application is determined without unnecessary further delay.

Section 45(7).

SCHEDULE 7E+W+S+N.I. The Competition Commission

Part IE+W+S+N.I. General

InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.

1In this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

  • the 1973 Act” means the M27Fair Trading Act 1973;

  • appeal panel member” means a member appointed under paragraph 2(1)(a);

  • Chairman” means the chairman of the Commission;

  • the Commission” means the Competition Commission;

  • Council” has the meaning given in paragraph 5;

  • general functions” means any functions of the Commission other than functions—

    (a)

    in connection with appeals under this Act; or

    (b)

    which are to be discharged by the Council;

  • member” means a member of the Commission;

  • newspaper merger reference” means a newspaper merger reference under section 59 of the 1973 Act;

  • President” has the meaning given by paragraph 4(2);

  • reporting panel member” means a member appointed under paragraph 2(1)(b);

  • secretary” means the secretary of the Commission appointed under paragraph 9; and

  • specialist panel member” means a member appointed under any of the provisions mentioned in paragraph 2(1)(d).

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Membership of the CommissionE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)The Commission is to consist of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)members appointed by the Secretary of State to form a panel for the purposes of the Commission’s functions in relation to appeals;

(b)members appointed by the Secretary of State to form a panel for the purposes of the Commission’s general functions;

(c)members appointed (in accordance with paragraph 15(5)) from the panel maintained under paragraph 22;

(d)members appointed by the Secretary of State under or by virtue of—

(i)section 12(4) or 14(8) of the M28Water Industry Act 1991;

[F3(ii)section 104 of the Utilities Act 2000; .]

(iii)section 13(10) of the M29Telecommunications Act 1984;

(iv)Article 15(9) of the M30Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992.

(2)A person who is appointed as a member of a kind mentioned in one of paragraphs (a) to (c) of sub-paragraph (3) may also be appointed as a member of either or both of the other kinds mentioned in those paragraphs.

(3)The kinds of member are—

(a)an appeal panel member;

(b)a reporting panel member;

(c)a specialist panel member.

(4)Before appointing a person who is qualified for appointment to the panel of chairmen (see paragraph 26(2)), the Secretary of State must consult the Lord Chancellor or Lord Advocate, as he considers appropriate.

(5)The validity of the Commission’s proceedings is not affected by a defect in the appointment of a member.

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Amendments (Textual)

F3Sch. 7 para. 2(1)(d)(ii) substituted (16.5.2001) by 2000 c. 27, s. 104(3) (with s. 104(6)); S.I. 2001/1781, art. 2, Sch. (subject to transitional provisions in arts. 3-10)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C30Sch. 7 para. 2: functions of the Lord Advocate transferred to the Secretary of State, and all property, rights and liabilities to which the Lord Advocate is entitled or subject in connection with any such function transferred to the Secretary of State for Scotland (19.5.1999) by S.I. 1999/678, arts. 2, 3, Sch. (with art. 7)

C31Sch. 7 para. 2(4) modified (30.6.1999) by S.I. 1999/1748, art. 3, Sch. 1 para. 21

Sch. 7 para. 2(4): transfer of certain functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, arts. 1, 2, Sch. 1 (with art. 7)

Marginal Citations

Chairman and deputy chairmenE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)The Commission is to have a chairman appointed by the Secretary of State from among the reporting panel members.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Secretary of State may appoint one or more of the reporting panel members to act as deputy chairman.

(3)The Chairman, and any deputy chairman, may resign that office at any time by notice in writing addressed to the Secretary of State.

(4)If the Chairman (or a deputy chairman) ceases to be a member he also ceases to be Chairman (or a deputy chairman).

(5)If the Chairman is absent or otherwise unable to act, or there is no chairman, any of his functions may be performed—

(a)if there is one deputy chairman, by him;

(b)if there is more than one—

(i)by the deputy chairman designated by the Secretary of State; or

(ii)if no such designation has been made, by the deputy chairman designated by the deputy chairmen;

(c)if there is no deputy chairman able to act—

(i)by the member designated by the Secretary of State; or

(ii)if no such designation has been made, by the member designated by the Commission.

PresidentE+W+S+N.I.

4(1)The Secretary of State must appoint one of the appeal panel members to preside over the discharge of the Commission’s functions in relation to appeals.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The member so appointed is to be known as the President of the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunals (but is referred to in this Schedule as “the President”).

(3)The Secretary of State may not appoint a person to be the President unless that person—

(a)has a ten year general qualification within the meaning of section 71 of the M31Courts and Legal Services Act 1990,

(b)is an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least ten years’ standing, or

(c)is—

(i)a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland of at least ten years’ standing, or

(ii)a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland of at least ten years’ standing,

and appears to the Secretary of State to have appropriate experience and knowledge of competition law and practice.

(4)Before appointing the President, the Secretary of State must consult the Lord Chancellor or Lord Advocate, as he considers appropriate.

(5)If the President ceases to be a member he also ceases to be President.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C32Sch. 7 para. 4: functions of the Lord Advocate transferred to the Secretary of State, and all property, rights and liabilities to which the Lord Advocate is entitled or subject in connection with any such function transferred to the Secretary of State for Scotland (19.5.1999) by S.I. 1999/678, art. 2, 3, Sch. (with art. 7)

C33Sch. 7 para. 4(4) modified (30.6.1999) by S.I. 1999/1748, art. 3, Sch. 1 para. 21

Sch. 7 para. 4(4): transfer of certain functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, arts. 1, 2, Sch. 1 (with art. 7)

Marginal Citations

The CouncilE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)The Commission is to have a management board to be known as the Competition Commission Council (but referred to in this Schedule as “the Council”).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Council is to consist of—

(a)the Chairman;

(b)the President;

(c)such other members as the Secretary of State may appoint; and

(d)the secretary.

(3)In exercising its functions under paragraphs 3 and 7 to 12 and paragraph 5 of Schedule 8, the Commission is to act through the Council.

(4)The Council may determine its own procedure including, in particular, its quorum.

(5)The Chairman (and any person acting as Chairman) is to have a casting vote on any question being decided by the Council.

Term of officeE+W+S+N.I.

6(1)Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, each member is to hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)A person is not to be appointed as a member for more than five years at a time.

(3)Any member may at any time resign by notice in writing addressed to the Secretary of State.

(4)The Secretary of State may remove a member on the ground of incapacity or misbehaviour.

(5)No person is to be prevented from being appointed as a member merely because he has previously been a member.

Expenses, remuneration and pensionsE+W+S+N.I.

7(1)The Secretary of State shall pay to the Commission such sums as he considers appropriate to enable it to perform its functions.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Commission may pay, or make provision for paying, to or in respect of each member such salaries or other remuneration and such pensions, allowances, fees, expenses or gratuities as the Secretary of State may determine.

(3)If a person ceases to be a member otherwise than on the expiry of his term of office and it appears to the Secretary of State that there are special circumstances which make it right for him to receive compensation, the Commission may make a payment to him of such amount as the Secretary of State may determine.

(4)The approval of the Treasury is required for—

(a)any payment under sub-paragraph (1);

(b)any determination of the Secretary of State under sub-paragraph (2) or (3).

The Commission’s powersE+W+S+N.I.

8Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, the Commission has power to do anything (except borrow money)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)calculated to facilitate the discharge of its functions; or

(b)incidental or conducive to the discharge of its functions.

StaffE+W+S+N.I.

9(1)The Commission is to have a secretary, appointed by the Secretary of State on such terms and conditions of service as he considers appropriate.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The approval of the Treasury is required as to those terms and conditions.

(3)Before appointing a person to be secretary, the Secretary of State must consult the Chairman and the President.

(4)Subject to obtaining the approval of—

(a)the Secretary of State, as to numbers, and

(b)the Secretary of State and Treasury, as to terms and conditions of service,

the Commission may appoint such staff as it thinks appropriate.

ProcedureE+W+S+N.I.

10Subject to any provision made by or under this Act, the Commission may regulate its own procedure.E+W+S+N.I.

Application of seal and proof of instrumentsE+W+S+N.I.

11(1)The application of the seal of the Commission must be authenticated by the signature of the secretary or of some other person authorised for the purpose.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to any document which is or is to be signed in accordance with the law of Scotland.

(3)A document purporting to be duly executed under the seal of the Commission—

(a)is to be received in evidence; and

(b)is to be taken to have been so executed unless the contrary is proved.

AccountsE+W+S+N.I.

12(1)The Commission must—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to its accounts;

(b)prepare a statement of accounts in respect of each of its financial years; and

(c)send copies of the statement to the Secretary of State and to the Comptroller and Auditor General before the end of the month of August next following the financial year to which the statement relates.

(2)The statement of accounts must comply with any directions given by the Secretary of State with the approval of the Treasury as to—

(a)the information to be contained in it,

(b)the manner in which the information contained in it is to be presented, or

(c)the methods and principles according to which the statement is to be prepared,

and must contain such additional information as the Secretary of State may with the approval of the Treasury require to be provided for informing Parliament.

(3)The Comptroller and Auditor General must—

(a)examine, certify and report on each statement received by him as a result of this paragraph; and

(b)lay copies of each statement and of his report before each House of Parliament.

(4)In this paragraph “financial year” means the period beginning with the date on which the Commission is established and ending with March 31st next, and each successive period of twelve months.

StatusE+W+S+N.I.

13(1)The Commission is not to be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown or as enjoying any status, privilege or immunity of the Crown.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Commission’s property is not to be regarded as property of, or held on behalf of, the Crown.

Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Performance of the Commission’s General Functions

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C34Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.4.1999) by 1984 c. 12, s. 13(9A) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. IV para. 9(2) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.4.1999) by 1986 c. 44, s. 24(7A) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. IV para. 10(2) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.4.1999) by 1989 c. 29, s. 12(8A) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. IV para. 12(2) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.4.1999) by 1991 c. 56, s. 14(7A) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. IV para. 13(3) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.4.1999) by 1993 c. 43, s. 13(8A) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. IV para. 15(2) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.4.1999) by S.I. 1992/231 (N.I. 1), art. 15(8)(9) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. V para. 17(2) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.4.1999) by S.I. 1996/275 (N.I. 2), art. 15(9) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. V para. 18(2) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II modified (1.4.1999) by 1980 c. 21, s. 11(9A) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 74(1), Sch. 12 para. 4(3) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II modified (1.4.1999) by 1986 c. 31, s. 44(3A) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 74(1), Sch. 12 para. 7(2) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II modified (1.4.1999) by 1990 c. 42, ss. 67, 77, 121, Sch. 7 para. 4(7A) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 74(1), Sch. 12 para. 14(3) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II modified (1.4.1999) by S.I. 1994/426 (N.I. 1), art. 35(3) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 74(1), Sch. 12 para. 20(2); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (24.11.1999) by S.I. 1999/3088, regs. 7, 8

SCh. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (26.3.2001) by 2000 c. 26, s. 20(1)(2)(c); S.I. 2000/2957, art. 2(3), Sch. 3

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (26.3.2001) by 2000 c. 26, s. 20(4)(5)(c); S.I. 2000/2957, art. 2(3), Sch. 3

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (30.11.2000) by 1993 c. 43, Sch. 4A, para. 10(2)(b) (as inserted (30.11.2000) by 2000 c. 38, ss. 231, 275(4), Sch. 24

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.10.2001) by 1989 c. 29, s. 14A(13)(d) (as inserted (1.10.2001) by 2000 c. 27, s. 39 (with s. 104(1)(2)(6)); S.I. 2001/3266, art. 2, Sch. (subject to arts. 3-20))

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.10.2001) by 1989 c. 29, s. 56C(8)(b) (as inserted (1.10.2001) by 2000 c. 27, s. 43 (with s. 104(1)(2)(6)); S.I. 2001/3266, art. 2, Sch. (subject to arts. 3-20))

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.2.2001) by 2000 c. 38, s. 12(10)(c) (with s. 106); S.I. 2001/57, art. 3(1), Sch. 2 Pt. I

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.2.2001) by 2000 c. 38, s. 18(2)(e) (with s. 106); S.I. 2001/57, art. 3(1), Sch. 2 Pt. I

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.10.2001) by Gas Act 1986 c. 44, s. 26A(13)(d) (as inserted (1.10.2001) by 2000 c. 27, s. 83(4) (with s. 104(1)(2)(6)); S.I. 2001/3266, art. 2, Sch. (subject to arts. 3-20))

SCh. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.10.2001) by Gas Act 1986 c. 44, s. 41E (8)(b) (as inserted (1.10.2001) by 2000 c. 27, s. 88 (with s. 104(1)(2)(6)); S.I. 2001/3266, art. 2, Sch. (subject to arts. 3-20))

Sch. 7 Pt. II applied (with modifications) (1.10.2001) by 1986 c. 44, s. 26A(12)-(14) (as inserted (1.10.2001) by 2000 c. 27, s. 83(4) (with s. 104(1)(2)(6)); S.I. 2001/3266, art. 2, Sch. (subject to arts. 3-20))

InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.

14In this Part of this Schedule “group” means a group selected under paragraph 15.E+W+S+N.I.

Discharge of certain functions by groupsE+W+S+N.I.

15(1)Except where sub-paragraph (7) gives the Chairman power to act on his own, any general function of the Commission must be performed through a group selected for the purpose by the Chairman.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The group must consist of at least three persons one of whom may be the Chairman.

(3)In selecting the members of the group, the Chairman must comply with any requirement as to its constitution imposed by any enactment applying to specialist panel members.

(4)If the functions to be performed through the group relate to a newspaper merger reference, the group must, subject to sub-paragraph (5), consist of such reporting panel members as the Chairman may select.

(5)The Secretary of State may appoint one, two or three persons from the panel maintained under paragraph 22 to be members and, if he does so, the group—

(a)must include that member or those members; and

(b)if there are three such members, may (if the Chairman so decides) consist entirely of those members.

(6)Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) to (5), a group must consist of reporting panel members or specialist panel members selected by the Chairman.

(7)While a group is being constituted to perform a particular general function of the Commission, the Chairman may—

(a)take such steps (falling within that general function) as he considers appropriate to facilitate the work of the group when it has been constituted; or

(b)exercise the power conferred by section 75(5) of the 1973 Act (setting aside references).

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Chairmen of groupsE+W+S+N.I.

16The Chairman must appoint one of the members of a group to act as the chairman of the group.E+W+S+N.I.

Replacement of member of groupE+W+S+N.I.

17(1)If, during the proceedings of a group—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a member of the group ceases to be a member of the Commission,

(b)the Chairman is satisfied that a member of the group will be unable for a substantial period to perform his duties as a member of the group, or

(c)it appears to the Chairman that because of a particular interest of a member of the group it is inappropriate for him to remain in the group,

the Chairman may appoint a replacement.

(2)The Chairman may also at any time appoint any reporting panel member to be an additional member of a group.

Attendance of other membersE+W+S+N.I.

18(1)At the invitation of the chairman of a group, any reporting panel member who is not a member of the group may attend meetings or otherwise take part in the proceedings of the group.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)But any person attending in response to such an invitation may not—

(a)vote in any proceedings of the group; or

(b)have a statement of his dissent from a conclusion of the group included in a report made by them.

(3)Nothing in sub-paragraph (1) is to be taken to prevent a group, or a member of a group, from consulting any member of the Commission with respect to any matter or question with which the group is concerned.

ProcedureE+W+S+N.I.

19(1)Subject to any special or general directions given by the Secretary of State, each group may determine its own procedure.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Each group may, in particular, determine its quorum and determine—

(a)the extent, if any, to which persons interested or claiming to be interested in the subject-matter of the reference are allowed—

(i)to be present or to be heard, either by themselves or by their representatives;

(ii)to cross-examine witnesses; or

(iii)otherwise to take part; and

(b)the extent, if any, to which sittings of the group are to be held in public.

(3)In determining its procedure a group must have regard to any guidance issued by the Chairman.

(4)Before issuing any guidance for the purposes of this paragraph the Chairman must consult the members of the Commission.

Effect of exercise of functions by groupE+W+S+N.I.

20(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (2), anything done by or in relation to a group in, or in connection with, the performance of functions to be performed by the group is to have the same effect as if done by or in relation to the Commission.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)For the purposes of—

(a)sections 56 and 73 of the 1973 Act,

(b)section 19A of the M32Agricultural Marketing Act 1958,

(c)Articles 23 and 42 of the M33Agricultural Marketing (Northern Ireland) Order 1982,

a conclusion contained in a report of a group is to be disregarded if the conclusion is not that of at least two-thirds of the members of the group.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C36Sch. 7 para. 20(2)(a) modified (1.4.1999) by 1980 c. 21, s. 11(9) (as substituted (1.4.1999) by 1998 c. 41, s. 74(1), Sch. 12 para. 4(3)(c) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2)

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Casting votesE+W+S+N.I.

21The chairman of a group is to have a casting vote on any question to be decided by the group.E+W+S+N.I.

Newspaper merger referencesE+W+S+N.I.

22The Secretary of State must maintain a panel of persons whom he regards as suitable for selection as members of a group constituted in connection with a newspaper merger reference.E+W+S+N.I.

Part IIIE+W+S+N.I. Appeals

InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.

23In this Part of this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

  • panel of chairmen” means the panel appointed under paragraph 26; and

  • tribunal” means an appeal tribunal constituted in accordance with paragraph 27.

Training of appeal panel membersE+W+S+N.I.

24The President must arrange such training for appeal panel members as he considers appropriate.E+W+S+N.I.

Acting PresidentE+W+S+N.I.

25If the President is absent or otherwise unable to act, the Secretary of State may appoint as acting president an appeal panel member who is qualified to act as chairman of a tribunal.E+W+S+N.I.

Panel of tribunal chairmenE+W+S+N.I.

26(1)There is to be a panel of appeal panel members appointed by the Secretary of State for the purposes of providing chairmen of appeal tribunals established under this Part of this Schedule.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)A person is qualified for appointment to the panel of chairmen only if—

(a)he has a seven year general qualification within the meaning of section 71 of the M34Courts and Legal Services Act 1990,

(b)he is an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least seven years’ standing, or

(c)he is—

(i)a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland of at least seven years’ standing, or

(ii)a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland of at least seven years’ standing,

and appears to the Secretary of State to have appropriate experience and knowledge of competition law and practice.

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Constitution of tribunalsE+W+S+N.I.

27(1)On receipt of a notice of appeal, the President must constitute an appeal tribunal to deal with the appeal.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)An appeal tribunal is to consist of—

(a)a chairman, who must be either the President or a person appointed by him to be chairman from the panel of chairmen; and

(b)two other appeal panel members appointed by the President.

Part IVE+W+S+N.I. Miscellaneous

Disqualification of members for House of CommonsE+W+S+N.I.

28In Part II of Schedule 1 to the M35House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (bodies of which all members are disqualified) insert at the appropriate place— “ The Competition Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

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Disqualification of members for Northern Ireland AssemblyE+W+S+N.I.

29In Part II of Schedule 1 to the M36Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 (bodies of which all members are disqualified) insert at the appropriate place— “ The Competition Commission ”.E+W+S+N.I.

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Part VE+W+S+N.I. Transitional provisions

InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.

30In this Part of this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

  • commencement date” means the date on which section 45 comes into force; and

  • MMC” means the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

ChairmanE+W+S+N.I.

31(1)The person who is Chairman of the MMC immediately before the commencement date is on that date to become both a member of the Commission and its chairman as if he had been duly appointed under paragraphs 2(1)(b) and 3.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)He is to hold office as Chairman of the Commission for the remainder of the period for which he was appointed as Chairman of the MMC and on the terms on which he was so appointed.

Deputy chairmenE+W+S+N.I.

32The persons who are deputy chairmen of the MMC immediately before the commencement date are on that date to become deputy chairmen of the Commission as if they had been duly appointed under paragraph 3(2).E+W+S+N.I.

Reporting panel membersE+W+S+N.I.

33(1)The persons who are members of the MMC immediately before the commencement date are on that date to become members of the Commission as if they had been duly appointed under paragraph 2(1)(b).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Each of them is to hold office as a member for the remainder of the period for which he was appointed as a member of the MMC and on the terms on which he was so appointed.

Specialist panel membersE+W+S+N.I.

34(1)The persons who are members of the MMC immediately before the commencement date by virtue of appointments made under any of the enactments mentioned in paragraph 2(1)(d) are on that date to become members of the Commission as if they had been duly appointed to the Commission under the enactment in question.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Each of them is to hold office as a member for such period and on such terms as the Secretary of State may determine.

SecretaryE+W+S+N.I.

35The person who is the secretary of the MMC immediately before the commencement date is on that date to become the secretary of the Commission as if duly appointed under paragraph 9, on the same terms and conditions.E+W+S+N.I.

CouncilE+W+S+N.I.

36(1)The members who become deputy chairmen of the Commission under paragraph 32 are also to become members of the Council as if they had been duly appointed under paragraph 5(2)(c).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Each of them is to hold office as a member of the Council for such period as the Secretary of State determines.

Sections 46(5) and 48(4).

SCHEDULE 8E+W+S+N.I. Appeals

Part IE+W+S+N.I. General

InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.

1In this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

  • the chairman” means a person appointed as chairman of a tribunal in accordance with paragraph 27(2)(a) of Schedule 7;

  • the President” means the President of the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunals appointed under paragraph 4 of Schedule 7;

  • rules” means rules made by the Secretary of State under section 48;

  • specified” means specified in rules;

  • tribunal” means an appeal tribunal constituted in accordance with paragraph 27 of Schedule 7.

General procedureE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)An appeal to the Competition Commission must be made by sending a notice of appeal to the Commission within the specified period.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The notice of appeal must set out the grounds of appeal in sufficient detail to indicate—

(a)under which provision of this Act the appeal is brought;

(b)to what extent (if any) the appellant contends that the decision against, or with respect to which, the appeal is brought was based on an error of fact or was wrong in law; and

(c)to what extent (if any) the appellant is appealing against the Director’s exercise of his discretion in making the disputed decision.

(3)The tribunal may give an appellant leave to amend the grounds of appeal identified in the notice of appeal.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C37Sch. 8 para. 2(2) applied (1.3.2000) by S.I. 2000/261, Rule 6

Decisions of the tribunalE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)The tribunal must determine the appeal on the merits by reference to the grounds of appeal set out in the notice of appeal.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The tribunal may confirm or set aside the decision which is the subject of the appeal, or any part of it, and may—

(a)remit the matter to the Director,

(b)impose or revoke, or vary the amount of, a penalty,

(c)grant or cancel an individual exemption or vary any conditions or obligations imposed in relation to the exemption by the Director,

(d)give such directions, or take such other steps, as the Director could himself have given or taken, or

(e)make any other decision which the Director could himself have made.

(3)Any decision of the tribunal on an appeal has the same effect, and may be enforced in the same manner, as a decision of the Director.

(4)If the tribunal confirms the decision which is the subject of the appeal it may nevertheless set aside any finding of fact on which the decision was based.

4(1)A decision of the tribunal may be taken by a majority.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The decision must—

(a)state whether it was unanimous or taken by a majority; and

(b)be recorded in a document which—

(i)contains a statement of the reasons for the decision; and

(ii)is signed and dated by the chairman of the tribunal.

(3)When the tribunal is preparing the document mentioned in sub-paragraph (2)(b), section 56 is to apply to the tribunal as it applies to the Director.

(4)The President must make such arrangements for the publication of the tribunal’s decision as he considers appropriate.

Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Rules

Registrar of Appeal TribunalsE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)Rules may provide for the appointment by the Competition Commission, with the approval of the Secretary of State, of a Registrar of Appeal Tribunals.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The rules may, in particular—

(a)specify the qualifications for appointment as Registrar; and

(b)provide for specified functions relating to appeals to be exercised by the Registrar in specified circumstances.

Notice of appealE+W+S+N.I.

6Rules may make provision—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)as to the period within which appeals must be brought;

(b)as to the form of the notice of appeal and as to the information which must be given in the notice;

(c)with respect to amendment of a notice of appeal;

(d)with respect to acknowledgement of a notice of appeal.

Response to the appealE+W+S+N.I.

7Rules may provide for the tribunal to reject an appeal if—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)it considers that the notice of appeal reveals no valid ground of appeal; or

(b)it is satisfied that the appellant has habitually and persistently and without any reasonable ground—

(i)instituted vexatious proceedings, whether against the same person or against different persons; or

(ii)made vexatious applications in any proceedings.

Pre-hearing reviews and preliminary mattersE+W+S+N.I.

8(1)Rules may make provision—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)for the carrying-out by the tribunal of a preliminary consideration of proceedings (a “pre-hearing review”); and

(b)for enabling such powers to be exercised in connection with a pre-hearing review as may be specified.

(2)If rules make provision of the kind mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), they may also include—

(a)provision for security; and

(b)supplemental provision.

(3)In sub-paragraph (2) “provision for security” means provision authorising a tribunal carrying out a pre-hearing review under the rules, in specified circumstances, to make an order requiring a party to the proceedings, if he wishes to continue to participate in them, to pay a deposit of an amount not exceeding such sum—

(a)as may be specified; or

(b)as may be calculated in accordance with specified provisions.

(4)In sub-paragraph (2) “supplemental provision” means any provision as to—

(a)the manner in which the amount of such a deposit is to be determined;

(b)the consequences of non-payment of such a deposit; and

(c)the circumstances in which any such deposit, or any part of it, may be—

(i)refunded to the person who paid it; or

(ii)paid to another party to the proceedings.

Conduct of the hearingE+W+S+N.I.

9(1)Rules may make provision—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)as to the manner in which appeals are to be conducted, including provision for any hearing to be held in private if the tribunal considers it appropriate because it may be considering information of a kind to which section 56 applies;

(b)as to the persons entitled to appear on behalf of the parties;

(c)for requiring persons to attend to give evidence and produce documents and for authorising the administration of oaths to witnesses;

(d)as to the evidence which may be required or admitted in proceedings before the tribunal and the extent to which it should be oral or written;

(e)allowing the tribunal to fix time limits with respect to any aspect of the proceedings before it and to extend any time limit (whether or not it has expired);

(f)for enabling the tribunal to refer a matter back to the Director if it appears to the tribunal that the matter has not been adequately investigated;

(g)for enabling the tribunal, on the application of any party to the proceedings before it or on its own initiative—

(i)in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, to order the disclosure between, or the production by, the parties of documents or classes of documents;

(ii)in Scotland, to order such recovery or inspection of documents as might be ordered by a sheriff;

(h)for the appointment of experts for the purposes of any proceedings before the tribunal;

(i)for the award of costs or expenses, including any allowances payable to persons in connection with their attendance before the tribunal;

(j)for taxing or otherwise settling any costs or expenses directed to be paid by the tribunal and for the enforcement of any such direction.

(2)A person who without reasonable excuse fails to comply with—

(a)any requirement imposed by virtue of sub-paragraph (1)(c), or

(b)any requirement with respect to the disclosure, production, recovery or inspection of documents which is imposed by virtue of sub-paragraph (1)(g),

is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

InterestE+W+S+N.I.

10(1)Rules may make provision—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)as to the circumstances in which the tribunal may order that interest is payable;

(b)for the manner in which and the periods by reference to which interest is to be calculated and paid.

(2)The rules may, in particular, provide that compound interest is to be payable if the tribunal—

(a)upholds a decision of the Director to impose a penalty, or

(b)does not reduce a penalty so imposed by more than a specified percentage,

but in such a case the rules may not provide that interest is to be payable in respect of any period before the date on which the appeal was brought.

FeesE+W+S+N.I.

11(1)Rules may provide—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)for fees to be chargeable in respect of specified costs of proceedings before the tribunal;

(b)for the amount of such costs to be determined by the tribunal.

(2)Any sums received in consequence of rules under this paragraph are to be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

Withdrawing an appealE+W+S+N.I.

12Rules may make provision—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)that a party who has brought an appeal may not withdraw it without the leave of—

(i)the tribunal, or

(ii)in specified circumstances, the President or the Registrar;

(b)for the tribunal to grant leave to withdraw the appeal on such conditions as it considers appropriate;

(c)enabling the tribunal to publish any decision which it could have made had the appeal not been withdrawn;

(d)as to the effect of withdrawal of an appeal;

(e)as to any procedure to be followed if parties to proceedings on an appeal agree to settle.

Interim ordersE+W+S+N.I.

13(1)Rules may provide for the tribunal to make an order (“an interim order”) granting, on an interim basis, any remedy which the tribunal would have power to grant in its final decision.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)An interim order may, in particular, suspend the effect of a decision made by the Director or vary the conditions or obligations attached to an exemption.

(3)Rules may also make provision giving the tribunal powers similar to those given to the Director by section 35.

MiscellaneousE+W+S+N.I.

14Rules may make provision—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)for a person who is not a party to proceedings on an appeal to be joined in those proceedings;

(b)for appeals to be consolidated on such terms as the tribunal thinks appropriate in such circumstances as may be specified.

Section 51(2).

SCHEDULE 9E+W+S+N.I. Director’s Rules

GeneralE+W+S+N.I.

1In this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

  • application for guidance” means an application for guidance under section 13 or 21;

  • application for a decision” means an application for a decision under section 14 or 22;

  • guidance” means guidance given under section 13 or 21;

  • rules” means rules made by the Director under section 51; and

  • specified” means specified in rules.

ApplicationsE+W+S+N.I.

2Rules may make provision—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)as to the form and manner in which an application for guidance or an application for a decision must be made;

(b)for the procedure to be followed in dealing with the application;

(c)for the application to be dealt with in accordance with a timetable;

(d)as to the documents and information which must be given to the Director in connection with the application;

(e)requiring the applicant to give such notice of the application, to such other persons, as may be specified;

(f)as to the consequences of a failure to comply with any rule made by virtue of sub-paragraph (e);

(g)as to the procedure to be followed when the application is subject to the concurrent jurisdiction of the Director and a regulator.

Provisional decisionsE+W+S+N.I.

3Rules may make provision as to the procedure to be followed by the Director when making a provisional decision under paragraph 3 of Schedule 5 or paragraph 3 of Schedule 6.E+W+S+N.I.

GuidanceE+W+S+N.I.

4Rules may make provision as to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the form and manner in which guidance is to be given;

(b)the procedure to be followed if—

(i)the Director takes further action with respect to an agreement after giving guidance that it is not likely to infringe the Chapter I prohibition; or

(ii)the Director takes further action with respect to conduct after giving guidance that it is not likely to infringe the Chapter II prohibition.

DecisionsE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)Rules may make provision as to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the form and manner in which notice of any decision is to be given;

(b)the person or persons to whom the notice is to be given;

(c)the manner in which the Director is to publish a decision;

(d)the procedure to be followed if—

(i)the Director takes further action with respect to an agreement after having decided that it does not infringe the Chapter I prohibition; or

(ii)the Director takes further action with respect to conduct after having decided that it does not infringe the Chapter II prohibition.

(2)In this paragraph “decision” means a decision of the Director (whether or not made on an application)—

(a)as to whether or not an agreement has infringed the Chapter I prohibition, or

(b)as to whether or not conduct has infringed the Chapter II prohibition,

and, in the case of an application for a decision under section 14 which includes a request for an individual exemption, includes a decision as to whether or not to grant the exemption.

Individual exemptionsE+W+S+N.I.

6Rules may make provision as to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the procedure to be followed by the Director when deciding whether, in accordance with section 5—

(i)to cancel an individual exemption that he has granted,

(ii)to vary or remove any of its conditions or obligations, or

(iii)to impose additional conditions or obligations;

(b)the form and manner in which notice of such a decision is to be given.

7Rules may make provision as to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the form and manner in which an application under section 4(6) for the extension of an individual exemption is to be made;

(b)the circumstances in which the Director will consider such an application;

(c)the procedure to be followed by the Director when deciding whether to grant such an application;

(d)the form and manner in which notice of such a decision is to be given.

Block exemptionsE+W+S+N.I.

8Rules may make provision as to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the form and manner in which notice of an agreement is to be given to the Director under subsection (1) of section 7;

(b)the procedure to be followed by the Director if he is acting under subsection (2) of that section;

(c)as to the procedure to be followed by the Director if he cancels a block exemption.

Parallel exemptionsE+W+S+N.I.

9Rules may make provision as to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the circumstances in which the Director may—

(i)impose conditions or obligations in relation to a parallel exemption,

(ii)vary or remove any such conditions or obligations,

(iii)impose additional conditions or obligations, or

(iv)cancel the exemption;

(b)as to the procedure to be followed by the Director if he is acting under section 10(5);

(c)the form and manner in which notice of a decision to take any of the steps in sub-paragraph (a) is to be given;

(d)the circumstances in which an exemption may be cancelled with retrospective effect.

Section 11 exemptionsE+W+S+N.I.

10Rules may, with respect to any exemption provided by regulations made under section 11, make provision similar to that made with respect to parallel exemptions by section 10 or by rules under paragraph 9.E+W+S+N.I.

Directions withdrawing exclusionsE+W+S+N.I.

11Rules may make provision as to the factors which the Director may take into account when he is determining the date on which a direction given under paragraph 4(1) of Schedule 1 or paragraph 2(3) or 9(3) of Schedule 3 is to have effect.E+W+S+N.I.

Disclosure of informationE+W+S+N.I.

12(1)Rules may make provision as to the circumstances in which the Director is to be required, before disclosing information given to him by a third party in connection with the exercise of any of the Director’s functions under Part I, to give notice, and an opportunity to make representations, to the third party.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In relation to the agreement (or conduct) concerned, “third party” means a person who is not a party to the agreement (or who has not engaged in the conduct).

Applications under section 47E+W+S+N.I.

13Rules may make provision as to—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the period within which an application under section 47(1) must be made;

(b)the procedure to be followed by the Director in dealing with the application;

(c)the person or persons to whom notice of the Director’s response to the application is to be given.

EnforcementE+W+S+N.I.

14Rules may make provision as to the procedure to be followed when the Director takes action under any of sections 32 to 41 with respect to the enforcement of the provisions of this Part.E+W+S+N.I.

Sections 54 and 66(5).

SCHEDULE 10E+W+S+N.I. Regulators

Part IE+W+S+N.I. Monopolies

1The amendments of the M37Fair Trading Act 1973 made by sections 66 and 67 of this Act are to have effect, not only in relation to the jurisdiction of the Director under the provisions amended, but also in relation to the jurisdiction under those provisions of each of the following—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the Director General of Telecommunications;

(b)the Director General of Electricity Supply;

(c)the Director General of Electricity Supply for Northern Ireland;

(d)the Director General of Water Services;

(e)the Rail Regulator;

(f)the Director General of Gas Supply; and

(g)the Director General of Gas for Northern Ireland.

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Part IIE+W+S+N.I. The Prohibitions

TelecommunicationsE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)In consequence of the repeal by this Act of provisions of the M38Competition Act 1980, the functions transferred by subsection (3) of section 50 of the M39Telecommunications Act 1984 (functions under 1973 and 1980 Acts) are no longer exercisable by the Director General of Telecommunications.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Accordingly, that Act is amended as follows.

(3)In section 3 (general duties of Secretary of State and Director), in subsection (3)(b), for “section 50” substitute “ section 50(1) or (2) ”.

(4)In section 3, after subsection (3A), insert—

(3B)Subsections (1) and (2) above do not apply in relation to anything done by the Director in the exercise of functions assigned to him by section 50(3) below (“Competition Act functions”).

(3C)The Director may nevertheless, when exercising any Competition Act function, have regard to any matter in respect of which a duty is imposed by subsection (1) or (2) above (“a general matter”), if it is a matter to which the Director General of Fair Trading could have regard when exercising that function; but that is not to be taken as implying that, in relation to any of the matters mentioned in subsection (3) or (3A) above, regard may not be had to any general matter.

(5)Section 50 is amended as follows.

(6)For subsection (3) substitute—

(3)The Director shall be entitled to exercise, concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading, the functions of that Director under the provisions of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51), so far as relating to—

(a)agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act, or

(b)conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act,

which relate to commercial activities connected with telecommunications.

(3A)So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provisions of subsection (3) above, references in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 to the Director General of Fair Trading are to be read as including a reference to the Director (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).

(7)In subsection (4), omit paragraph (c) and the “and” immediately after it.

(8)In subsection (5), omit “or (3)”.

(9)In subsection (6), for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51),.

(10)In subsection (7), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

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Commencement Information

I11Sch. 10 para. 2 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 2 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 2 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; Sch. 10 para. 2 fully in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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GasE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)In consequence of the repeal by this Act of provisions of the M40Competition Act 1980, the functions transferred by subsection (3) of section 36A of the M41Gas Act 1986 (functions with respect to competition) are no longer exercisable by the Director General of Gas Supply.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Accordingly, that Act is amended as follows.

F4(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)Section 36A is amended as follows.

(5)For subsection (3) substitute—

(3)The Director shall be entitled to exercise, concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading, the functions of that Director under the provisions of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51), so far as relating to—

(a)agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act, or

(b)conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act,

which relate to the carrying on of activities to which this subsection applies.

(3A)So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provisions of subsection (3) above, references in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 to the Director General of Fair Trading are to be read as including a reference to the Director (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).

(6)In subsection (5)—

(a)for “transferred by”, in each place, substitute “ mentioned in ”;

(b)after paragraph (b), insert “ and ”;

(c)omit paragraph (d) and the “and” immediately before it.

(7)In subsection (6), omit “or (3)”.

(8)In subsection (7), for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51),.

(9)In subsection (8)—

(a)omit “or under the 1980 Act”;

(b)for “or (3) above” substitute “ above and paragraph 1 of Schedule 10 to the Competition Act 1998 ”.

(10)In subsection (9), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

(11)In subsection (10), for the words from “transferred” to the end substitute “ mentioned in subsection (2) or (3) above. ”

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Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I12Sch. 10 para. 3 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 3 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 3 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; Sch. 10 para. 3 fully in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

Marginal Citations

ElectricityE+W+S+N.I.

4(1)In consequence of the repeal by this Act of provisions of the M42Competition Act 1980, the functions transferred by subsection (3) of section 43 of the M43Electricity Act 1989 (functions with respect to competition) are no longer exercisable by the Director General of Electricity Supply.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Accordingly, that Act is amended as follows.

F5(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)Section 43 is amended as follows.

(5)For subsection (3) substitute—

(3)The Director shall be entitled to exercise, concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading, the functions of that Director under the provisions of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51), so far as relating to—

(a)agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act, or

(b)conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act,

which relate to commercial activities connected with the generation, transmission or supply of electricity.

(3A)So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provisions of subsection (3) above, references in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 to the Director General of Fair Trading are to be read as including a reference to the Director (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).

(6)In subsection (4), omit paragraph (c) and the “and” immediately after it.

(7)In subsection (5), omit “or (3)”.

(8)In subsection (6), for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51),.

(9)In subsection (7), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

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Commencement Information

I13Sch. 10 para. 4 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 4 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 4 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; Sch. 10 para. 4 fully in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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WaterE+W+S+N.I.

5(1)In consequence of the repeal by this Act of provisions of the M44Competition Act 1980, the functions exercisable by virtue of subsection (3) of section 31 of the M45Water Industry Act 1991 (functions of Director with respect to competition) are no longer exercisable by the Director General of Water Services.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Accordingly, that Act is amended as follows.

(3)In section 2 (general duties with respect to water industry), in subsection (6)(a), at the beginning, insert “ subject to subsection (6A) below ”.

(4)In section 2, after subsection (6), insert—

(6A)Subsections (2) to (4) above do not apply in relation to anything done by the Director in the exercise of functions assigned to him by section 31(3) below (“Competition Act functions”).

(6B)The Director may nevertheless, when exercising any Competition Act function, have regard to any matter in respect of which a duty is imposed by any of subsections (2) to (4) above, if it is a matter to which the Director General of Fair Trading could have regard when exercising that function.

(5)Section 31 is amended as follows.

(6)For subsection (3) substitute—

(3)The Director shall be entitled to exercise, concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading, the functions of that Director under the provisions of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51), so far as relating to—

(a)agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act, or

(b)conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act,

which relate to commercial activities connected with the supply of water or securing a supply of water or with the provision or securing of sewerage services.

(7)In subsection (4)—

(a)for “to (3)” substitute “ and (2) ”;

(b)omit paragraph (c) and the “and” immediately before it.

(8)After subsection (4), insert—

(4A)So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provisions of subsection (3) above, references in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 to the Director General of Fair Trading are to be read as including a reference to the Director (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).

(9)In subsection (5), omit “or in subsection (3) above”.

(10)In subsection (6), omit “or in subsection (3) above”.

(11)In subsection (7), omit “or (3)”.

(12)In subsection (8), for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51),.

(13)In subsection (9), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

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I14Sch. 10 para. 5 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 5 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 5 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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RailwaysE+W+S+N.I.

6(1)In consequence of the repeal by this Act of provisions of the M46Competition Act 1980, the functions transferred by subsection (3) of section 67 of the M47Railways Act 1993 (respective functions of the Regulator and the Director etc) are no longer exercisable by the Rail Regulator.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Accordingly, that Act is amended as follows.

(3)In section 4 (general duties of the Secretary of State and the Regulator), after subsection (7), insert—

(7A)Subsections (1) to (6) above do not apply in relation to anything done by the Regulator in the exercise of functions assigned to him by section 67(3) below (“Competition Act functions”).

(7B)The Regulator may nevertheless, when exercising any Competition Act function, have regard to any matter in respect of which a duty is imposed by any of subsections (1) to (6) above, if it is a matter to which the Director General of Fair Trading could have regard when exercising that function.

(4)Section 67 is amended as follows.

(5)For subsection (3) substitute—

(3)The Regulator shall be entitled to exercise, concurrently with the Director, the functions of the Director under the provisions of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51), so far as relating to—

(a)agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act, or

(b)conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act,

which relate to the supply of railway services.

(3A)So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provisions of subsection (3) above, references in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 to the Director are to be read as including a reference to the Regulator (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).

(6)In subsection (4), omit paragraph (c) and the “and” immediately after it.

(7)In subsection (6)(a), omit “or (3)”.

(8)In subsection (8), for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51),.

(9)In subsection (9)—

(a)omit “or under the 1980 Act”;

(b)for “or (3) above” substitute “ above and paragraph 1 of Schedule 10 to the Competition Act 1998 ”.

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I15Sch. 10 para. 6 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 6 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 6 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; SCh. 10 para. 6 fully in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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Part IIIE+W+S+N.I. The Prohibitions: Northern Ireland

ElectricityE+W+S+N.I.

7(1)In consequence of the repeal by this Act of provisions of the M48Competition Act 1980, the functions transferred by paragraph (3) of Article 46 of the M49Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 (functions with respect to competition) are no longer exercisable by the Director General of Electricity Supply for Northern Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Accordingly, that Order is amended as follows.

(3)In Article 6 (general duties of the Director), after paragraph (2), add—

(3)Paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to anything done by the Director in the exercise of functions assigned to him by Article 46(3) (“Competition Act functions”).

(4)The Director may nevertheless, when exercising any Competition Act function, have regard to any matter in respect of which a duty is imposed by paragraph (1) (“a general matter”), if it is a matter to which the Director General of Fair Trading could have regard when exercising that function; but that is not to be taken as implying that, in the exercise of any function mentioned in Article 4(7) or paragraph (2), regard may not be had to any general matter.

(4)Article 46 is amended as follows.

(5)For paragraph (3) substitute—

(3)The Director shall be entitled to exercise, concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading, the functions of that Director under the provisions of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51), so far as relating to—

(a)agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act, or

(b)conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act,

which relate to commercial activities connected with the generation, transmission or supply of electricity.

(3A)So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provisions of paragraph (3), references in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 to the Director General of Fair Trading are to be read as including a reference to the Director (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).

(6)In paragraph (4), omit sub-paragraph (c) and the “and” immediately after it.

(7)In paragraph (5), omit “or (3)”.

(8)In paragraph (6), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51),.

(9)In paragraph (7), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

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I16Sch. 10 para. 7 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 7 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 7 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; SCh. 10 para. 7 fully in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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GasE+W+S+N.I.

8(1)In consequence of the repeal by this Act of provisions of the M50Competition Act 1980, the functions transferred by paragraph (3) of Article 23 of the M51Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (functions with respect to competition) are no longer exercisable by the Director General of Gas for Northern Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Accordingly, that Order is amended as follows.

(3)In Article 5 (general duties of the Department and Director), after paragraph (4), insert—

(4A)Paragraphs (2) to (4) do not apply in relation to anything done by the Director in the exercise of functions assigned to him by Article 23(3) (“Competition Act functions”).

(4B)The Director may nevertheless, when exercising any Competition Act function, have regard to any matter in respect of which a duty is imposed by any of paragraphs (2) to (4), if it is a matter to which the Director General of Fair Trading could have regard when exercising that function.

(4)Article 23 is amended as follows.

(5)For paragraph (3) substitute—

(3)The Director shall be entitled to exercise, concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading, the functions of that Director under the provisions of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51), so far as relating to—

(a)agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act, or

(b)conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act,

connected with the conveyance, storage or supply of gas.

(3A)So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provisions of paragraph (3), references in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 to the Director General of Fair Trading are to be read as including a reference to the Director (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).

(6)In paragraph (4)—

(a)for “transferred by”, in each place, substitute “ mentioned in ”;

(b)after sub-paragraph (b), insert “ and ”;

(c)omit sub-paragraph (d) and the “and” immediately before it.

(7)In paragraph (5), omit “or (3)”.

(8)In paragraph (6), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51),.

(9)In paragraph (7)—

(a)omit “or under the 1980 Act”;

(b)for “or (3)” substitute “ and paragraph 1 of Schedule 10 to the Competition Act 1998 ”.

(10)In paragraph (8), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

(11)In paragraph (9), for the words from “transferred” to the end substitute “ mentioned in paragraph (2) or (3). ”

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I17Sch. 10 para. 8 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 8 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 8 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; Sch. 10 para. 8 fully in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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Part IVE+W+S+N.I. Utilities: Minor and Consequential Amendments

The Telecommunications Act 1984 (c.12)E+W+S+N.I.

9(1)The Telecommunications Act 1984 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In section 13 (licence modification references to Competition Commission), for subsections (9) and (10) substitute—

(9)The provisions mentioned in subsection (9A) are to apply in relation to references under this section as if—

(a)the functions of the Competition Commission in relation to those references were functions under the M52Fair Trading Act 1973 (in this Act referred to as “the 1973 Act”);

(b)the expression “merger reference” included a reference under this section;

(c)in section 70 of the 1973 Act—

(i)references to the Secretary of State were references to the Director, and

(ii)the reference to three months were a reference to six months.

(9A)The provisions are—

(a)sections 70 (time limit for report on merger) and 85 (attendance of witnesses and production of documents) of the 1973 Act;

(b)Part II of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998 (performance of the Competition Commission’s general functions); and

(c)section 24 of the M53Competition Act 1980 (modification of provisions about performance of such functions).

(10)For the purposes of references under this section, the Secretary of State is to appoint not less than three members of the Competition Commission.

(10A)In selecting a group to perform the Commission’s functions in relation to any such reference, the chairman of the Commission must select up to three of the members appointed under subsection (10) to be members of the group.

(3)In section 14, omit subsection (2) (which falls with the repeal of the M54Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976).

(4)In section 16 (securing compliance with licence conditions), in subsection (5), after paragraph (a), omit “or” and after paragraph (b), insert or

(c)that the most appropriate way of proceeding is under the Competition Act 1998.

(5)In section 50 (functions under 1973 and 1980 Acts), after subsection (6), insert—

(6A)Section 93B of the 1973 Act (offences of supplying false or misleading information) is to have effect so far as relating to functions exercisable by the Director by virtue of—

(a)subsection (2) above and paragraph 1 of Schedule 10 to the Competition Act 1998, or

(b)paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the M55Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994,

as if the reference in section 93B(1)(a) to the Director General of Fair Trading included a reference to the Director.

(6)In section 95 (modification by orders under other enactments)—

(a)in subsection (1), omit “or section 10(2)(a) of the 1980 Act”;

(b)in subsection (2)—

(i)after paragraph (a), insert “ or ”;

(ii)omit paragraph (c) and the “or” immediately before it;

(c)in subsection (3), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

(7)In section 101(3) (general restrictions on disclosure of information)—

(a)omit paragraphs (d) and (e) (which refer to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the M56Resale Prices Act 1976);

(b)after paragraph (m), insert—

(n)the Competition Act 1998.

(8)At the end of section 101, insert—

(6)Information obtained by the Director in the exercise of functions which are exercisable concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading under Part I of the Competition Act 1998 is subject to sections 55 and 56 of that Act (disclosure) and not to subsections (1) to (5) of this section.

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I18Sch. 10 para. 9 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 9 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 9 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; Sch. 10 para. 9(7)(b) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; Sch. 10 para. 9(1)(2)(5) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2; Sch. 10 para. 9(3)(4)(6)(7)(a) and (8) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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The Gas Act 1986 (c.44)E+W+S+N.I.

10(1)The Gas Act 1986 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In section 24 (modification references to the Competition Commission), for subsection (7) substitute—

(7)The provisions mentioned in subsection (7A) are to apply in relation to references under this section as if—

(a)the functions of the Competition Commission in relation to those references were functions under the M57Fair Trading Act 1973;

(b)the expression “merger reference” included a reference under this section;

(c)in section 70 of the M58Fair Trading Act 1973—

(i)references to the Secretary of State were references to the Director, and

(ii)the reference to three months were a reference to six months.

(7A)The provisions are—

(a)sections 70 (time limit for report on merger) and 85 (attendance of witnesses and production of documents) of the Fair Trading Act 1973;

(b)Part II of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998 (performance of the Competition Commission’s general functions); and

(c)section 24 of the M59Competition Act 1980 (modification of provisions about performance of such functions).

(3)In section 25, omit subsection (2) (which falls with the repeal of the M60Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976).

(4)In section 27 (modification by order under other enactments)—

(a)in subsection (1), omit “or section 10(2)(a) of the M61Competition Act 1980”;

(b)in subsection (3)(a), omit from “or” to “competition reference”;

(c)in subsection (6), omit “or the said Act of 1980”.

(5)In section 28 (orders for securing compliance with certain provisions), in subsection (5), after paragraph (aa), omit “or” and after paragraph (b), insert or

(c)that the most appropriate way of proceeding is under the Competition Act 1998.

(6)In section 42(3) (general restrictions on disclosure of information)—

(a)omit paragraphs (e) and (f) (which refer to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the M62Resale Prices Act 1976);

(b)after paragraph (n), insert—

(o)the Competition Act 1998.

(7)At the end of section 42, insert—

(7)Information obtained by the Director in the exercise of functions which are exercisable concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading under Part I of the Competition Act 1998 is subject to sections 55 and 56 of that Act (disclosure) and not to subsections (1) to (6) of this section.

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I19Sch. 10 para. 10 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 10 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 10 in force for certain purposes at 26.11.1998 by S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; Sch. 10 para. 10(6)(b) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; Sch. 10 para. 10(1)(2) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2; Sch. 10 para. 10 (3)-(5)(6)(a) and (7) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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The Water Act 1989 (c.15)E+W+S+N.I.

11In section 174(3) of the Water Act 1989 (general restrictions on disclosure of information)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)omit paragraphs (d) and (e) (which refer to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the Resale Prices Act 1976);

(b)after paragraph (l), insert—

(ll)the Competition Act 1998.

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I20Sch. 10 para. 11 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 11 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 11(b) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; Sch. 10 para. 11(a) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

The Electricity Act 1989 (c.29)E+W+S+N.I.

12(1)The Electricity Act 1989 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In section 12 (modification references to Competition Commission), for subsections (8) and (9) substitute—

(8)The provisions mentioned in subsection (8A) are to apply in relation to references under this section as if—

(a)the functions of the Competition Commission in relation to those references were functions under the 1973 Act;

(b)the expression “merger reference” included a reference under this section;

(c)in section 70 of the 1973 Act—

(i)references to the Secretary of State were references to the Director, and

(ii)the reference to three months were a reference to six months.

(8A)The provisions are—

(a)sections 70 (time limit for report on merger) and 85 (attendance of witnesses and production of documents) of the 1973 Act;

(b)Part II of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998 (performance of the Competition Commission’s general functions); and

(c)section 24 of the 1980 Act (modification of provisions about performance of such functions).

(9)For the purposes of references under this section, the Secretary of State is to appoint not less than eight members of the Competition Commission.

(9A)In selecting a group to perform the Commission’s functions in relation to any such reference, the chairman of the Commission must select up to three of the members appointed under subsection (9) to be members of the group.

(3)In section 13, omit subsection (2) (which falls with the repeal of the M63Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976).

(4)In section 15 (modification by order under other enactments)—

(a)in subsection (1), omit paragraph (b) and the “or” immediately before it;

(b)in subsection (2)—

(i)after paragraph (a), insert “ or ”;

(ii)omit paragraph (c) and the “or” immediately before it;

(c)in subsection (3), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

(5)In section 25 (orders for securing compliance), in subsection (5), after paragraph (b), omit “or” and after paragraph (c), insert or

(d)that the most appropriate way of proceeding is under the Competition Act 1998.

(6)In section 43 (functions with respect to competition), after subsection (6), insert—

(6A)Section 93B of the 1973 Act (offences of supplying false or misleading information) is to have effect so far as relating to functions exercisable by the Director by virtue of—

(a)subsection (2) above and paragraph 1 of Schedule 10 to the Competition Act 1998, or

(b)paragraph 4 of Schedule 2 to the M64Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994,

as if the reference in section 93B(1)(a) to the Director General of Fair Trading included a reference to the Director.

(7)In section 57(3) (general restrictions on disclosure of information)—

(a)omit paragraphs (d) and (e) (which refer to the M65Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the M66Resale Prices Act 1976);

(b)after paragraph (no), insert—

(nop)the Competition Act 1998.

(8)At the end of section 57, insert—

(7)Information obtained by the Director in the exercise of functions which are exercisable concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading under Part I of the Competition Act 1998 is subject to sections 55 and 56 of that Act (disclosure) and not to subsections (1) to (6) of this section.

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I21Sch. 10 para. 12 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 12 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 12(7)(b) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; Sch. 10 para. 12(1)(2)(6) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2; Sch. 10 para. 12 (3)-(5)(7)(a) and (8) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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The Water Industry Act 1991 (c.56)E+W+S+N.I.

13(1)The Water Industry Act 1991 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In section 12(5) (determinations under conditions of appointment)—

(a)after “this Act”, insert “ or ”;

(b)omit “or the 1980 Act”.

(3)In section 14 (modification references to Competition Commission), for subsections (7) and (8) substitute—

(7)The provisions mentioned in subsection (7A) are to apply in relation to references under this section as if—

(a)the functions of the Competition Commission in relation to those references were functions under the 1973 Act;

(b)the expression “merger reference” included a reference under this section;

(c)in section 70 of the 1973 Act—

(i)references to the Secretary of State were references to the Director, and

(ii)the reference to three months were a reference to six months.

(7A)The provisions are—

(a)sections 70 (time limit for report on merger) and 85 (attendance of witnesses and production of documents) of the 1973 Act;

(b)Part II of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998 (performance of the Competition Commission’s general functions); and

(c)section 24 of the 1980 Act (modification of provisions about performance of such functions).

(8)For the purposes of references under this section, the Secretary of State is to appoint not less than eight members of the Competition Commission.

(8A)In selecting a group to perform the Commission’s functions in relation to any such reference, the chairman of the Commission must select one or more of the members appointed under subsection (8) to be members of the group.

(4)In section 15, omit subsection (2) (which falls with the repeal of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976).

(5)In section 17 (modification by order under other enactments)—

(a)in subsection (1), omit paragraph (b) and the “or” immediately before it;

(b)in subsection (2)—

(i)after paragraph (a), insert “ or ”;

(ii)omit paragraph (c) and the “or” immediately before it;

(c)in subsection (4), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

(6)In section 19 (exceptions to duty to enforce), after subsection (1), insert—

(1A)The Director shall not be required to make an enforcement order, or to confirm a provisional enforcement order, if he is satisfied that the most appropriate way of proceeding is under the Competition Act 1998.

(7)In section 19(3), after “subsection (1) above”, insert “ or, in the case of the Director, is satisfied as mentioned in subsection (1A) above, ”.

(8)In section 31 (functions of Director with respect to competition), after subsection (8), insert—

(8A)Section 93B of the 1973 Act (offences of supplying false or misleading information) is to have effect so far as relating to functions exercisable by the Director by virtue of—

(a)subsection (2) above and paragraph 1 of Schedule 10 to the Competition Act 1998, or

(b)paragraph 8 of Schedule 2 to the M67Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994,

as if the reference in section 93B(1)(a) to the Director General of Fair Trading included a reference to the Director.

(9)After section 206(9) (restriction on disclosure of information), insert—

(9A)Information obtained by the Director in the exercise of functions which are exercisable concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading under Part I of the Competition Act 1998 is subject to sections 55 and 56 of that Act (disclosure) and not to subsections (1) to (9) of this section.

(10)In Schedule 15 (disclosure of information), in Part II (enactments in respect of which disclosure may be made)—

(a)omit the entries relating to the M68Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the M69Resale Prices Act 1976;

(b)after the entry relating to the M70Railways Act 1993, insert the entry— “ The Competition Act 1998 ”.

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I22Sch. 10 para. 13 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 13 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 13(10)(b) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; Sch. 10 para. 13(1)(3)(8) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2; Sch. 10 para. 13 (2)(4)-(7)(9) and (10)(a) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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The Water Resources Act 1991 (c.57)E+W+S+N.I.

14In Schedule 24 to the Water Resources Act 1991 (disclosure of information), in Part II (enactments in respect of which disclosure may be made)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)omit the entries relating to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the Resale Prices Act 1976;

(b)after the entry relating to the M71Coal Industry Act 1994, insert the entry— “ The Competition Act 1998 ”.

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Commencement Information

I23Sch. 10 para. 14 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 14 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 14(b) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; Sch. 10 para. 14(a) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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The Railways Act 1993 (c.43)E+W+S+N.I.

15(1)The Railways Act 1993 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In section 13 (modification references to the Competition Commission), for subsection (8) substitute—

(8)The provisions mentioned in subsection (8A) are to apply in relation to references under this section as if—

(a)the functions of the Competition Commission in relation to those references were functions under the 1973 Act;

(b)the expression “merger reference” included a reference under this section;

(c)in section 70 of the 1973 Act—

(i)references to the Secretary of State were references to the Director, and

(ii)the reference to three months were a reference to six months.

(8A)The provisions are—

(a)sections 70 (time limit for report on merger) and 85 (attendance of witnesses and production of documents) of the 1973 Act;

(b)Part II of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998 (performance of the Competition Commission’s general functions); and

(c)section 24 of the M72Competition Act 1980 (in this Part referred to as “the 1980 Act”) (modification of provisions about performance of such functions).

(3)In section 14, omit subsection (2) (which falls with the repeal of the M73Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976).

(4)In section 16 (modification by order under other enactments)—

(a)in subsection (1), omit paragraph (b) and the “or” immediately before it;

(b)in subsection (2)—

(i)after paragraph (a), insert “ or ”;

(ii)omit paragraph (c) and the “or” immediately before it;

(c)in subsection (5), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

(5)In section 22, after subsection (6), insert—

(6A)Neither the Director General of Fair Trading nor the Regulator may exercise, in respect of an access agreement, the powers given by section 32 (enforcement directions) or section 35(2) (interim directions) of the Competition Act 1998.

(6B)Subsection (6A) does not apply to the exercise of the powers given by section 35(2) in respect of conduct—

(a)which is connected with an access agreement; and

(b)in respect of which section 35(1)(b) of that Act applies.

(6)In section 55 (orders for securing compliance), after subsection (5), insert—

(5A)The Regulator shall not make a final order, or make or confirm a provisional order, in relation to a licence holder or person under closure restrictions if he is satisfied that the most appropriate way of proceeding is under the Competition Act 1998.

(7)In section 55—

F6(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(b)in subsection (11), for “subsection (10)” substitute “ subsections (5A) and (10) ”.

(8)Omit section 131 (modification of Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976).

(9)In section 145(3) (general restrictions on disclosure of information)—

(a)omit paragraphs (d) and (e) (which refer to the M74Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the M75Resale Prices Act 1976);

(b)after paragraph (q), insert—

(qq)the Competition Act 1998.

(10)After section 145(6), insert—

(6A)Information obtained by the Regulator in the exercise of functions which are exercisable concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading under Part I of the Competition Act 1998 is subject to sections 55 and 56 of that Act (disclosure) and not to subsections (1) to (6) of this section.

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I24Sch. 10 para. 15 wholly in force; Sch. 10 para. 15 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 15(9)(b) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; Sch. 10 para. 15(1)(2) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2; Sch. 10 para. 15(3)-(8), (9)(a) and (10) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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The Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996 (c.61)E+W+S+N.I.

16(1)The Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In section 21 (duties as to exercise of regulatory functions), in subsection (6), at the end of the paragraph about regulatory functions, insert other than any functions assigned to him by virtue of section 67(3) of that Act (“Competition Act functions”).

(7)The Regulator may, when exercising any Competition Act function, have regard to any matter to which he would have regard if—

(a)he were under the duty imposed by subsection (1) or (2) above in relation to that function; and

(b)the matter is one to which the Director General of Fair Trading could have regard if he were exercising that function.

(3)In section 22 (restriction of functions in relation to competition etc.), for subsection (3) substitute—

(3)The Rail Regulator shall not be entitled to exercise any functions assigned to him by section 67(3) of the M76Railways Act 1993 (by virtue of which he exercises concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading certain functions under Part I of the Competition Act 1998 so far as relating to matters connected with the supply of railway services) in relation to—

(a)any agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act that have been entered into or taken by, or

(b)any conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act that has been engaged in by,

a rail link undertaker in connection with the supply of railway services, so far as relating to the rail link.

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Part VE+W+S+N.I. Minor and Consequential Amendments: Northern Ireland

The Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992E+W+S+N.I.

17(1)The M77Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In Article 15 (modification references to Competition Commission), for paragraphs (8) and (9) substitute—

(8)The provisions mentioned in paragraph (8A) are to apply in relation to references under this Article as if—

(a)the functions of the Competition Commission in relation to those references were functions under the 1973 Act;

(b)merger reference” included a reference under this Article;

(c)in section 70 of the 1973 Act—

(i)references to the Secretary of State were references to the Director, and

(ii)the reference to three months were a reference to six months.

(8A)The provisions are—

(a)sections 70 (time limit for report on merger) and 85 (attendance of witnesses and production of documents) of the 1973 Act;

(b)Part II of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998 (performance of the Competition Commission’s general functions); and

(c)section 24 of the 1980 Act (modification of provisions about performance of such functions).

(9)The Secretary of State may appoint members of the Competition Commission for the purposes of references under this Article.

(9A)In selecting a group to perform the Commission’s functions in relation to any such reference, the chairman of the Commission must select up to three of the members appointed under paragraph (9) to be members of the group.

(3)In Article 16, omit paragraph (2) (which falls with the repeal of the M78Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976).

(4)In Article 18 (modification by order under other statutory provisions)—

(a)in paragraph (1), omit sub-paragraph (b) and the “or” immediately before it;

(b)in paragraph (2)—

(i)after sub-paragraph (a), insert “ or ”;

(ii)omit sub-paragraph (c) and the “or” immediately before it;

(c)in paragraph (3), omit “or the 1980 Act”.

(5)In Article 28 (orders for securing compliance), in paragraph (5), after sub-paragraph (b), omit “or” and after sub-paragraph (c), insert or

(d)that the most appropriate way of proceeding is under the Competition Act 1998.

(6)In Article 46 (functions with respect to competition), after paragraph (6), insert—

(6A)Section 93B of the 1973 Act (offences of supplying false or misleading information) is to have effect so far as relating to functions exercisable by the Director by virtue of—

(a)paragraph (2) and paragraph 1 of Schedule 10 to the Competition Act 1998, or

(b)paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to the M79Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994,

as if the reference in section 93B(l)(a) to the Director General of Fair Trading included a reference to the Director.

(7)In Article 61(3) (general restrictions on disclosure of information)—

(a)omit sub-paragraphs (f) and (g) (which refer to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the M80Resale Prices Act 1976);

(b)after sub-paragraph (t), add—

(u)the Competition Act 1998.

(8)At the end of Article 61, insert—

(7)Information obtained by the Director in the exercise of functions which are exercisable concurrently with the Director General of Fair Trading under Part I of the Competition Act 1998 is subject to sections 55 and 56 of that Act (disclosure) and not to paragraphs (1) to (6).

(9)In Schedule 12, omit paragraph 16 (which amends the M81Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976).

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Commencement Information

I25Sch. 10 para. 17 partly in force; Sch. 10 para. 17 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 76(3); Sch. 10 para. 17(7)(b) in force at 11.1.1999 by S.I. 1998/3166, art. 2, Sch.; Sch. 10 para. 17(1)(2)(6) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch. 2; Sch. 10 para. 17(3)-(5)(7)(a)(8) and (9) in force at 1.3.2000 by S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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The Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996E+W+S+N.I.

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