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Competition Act 1998

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(1)Section 46 of the [1973 c. 41.] Fair 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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