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Competition Act 1998

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The Railways Act 1993 (c. 43)

15(1)The Railways Act 1993 is amended as follows.

(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 [1980 c. 21.] Competition 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 [1976 c. 34.] Restrictive 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—

(a)in subsection (6), after “subsection (5)”, insert “or (5A)”;

(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 [1976 c. 34.] Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 and the [1976 c. 53.] Resale 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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