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(1)In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires—

  • action” includes omission; and references to the taking of action include references to refraining from action;

  • agreement” means any agreement or arrangement, in whatever way and whatever form it is made, and whether it is, or is intended to be, legally enforceable or not;

  • business” includes a professional practice and includes any other undertaking which is carried on for gain or reward or which is an undertaking in the course of which goods or services are supplied otherwise than free of charge;

  • change of circumstances” includes any discovery that information has been supplied which is false or misleading in a material respect;

  • [F1EU] law” means—

    (a)

    all the rights, powers, liabilities, obligations and restrictions from time to time created or arising by or under the Community Treaties; and

    (b)

    all the remedies and procedures from time to time provided for by or under the Community Treaties;

  • consumer” means any person who is—

    (a)

    a person to whom goods are or are sought to be supplied (whether by way of sale or otherwise) in the course of a business carried on by the person supplying or seeking to supply them; or

    (b)

    a person for whom services are or are sought to be supplied in the course of a business carried on by the person supplying or seeking to supply them;

    and who does not receive or seek to receive the goods or services in the course of a business carried on by him;

  • customer” includes a customer who is not a consumer;

  • [F2the EC Merger Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 of 20th January 2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings;]

  • enactment” includes an Act of the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland legislation and an enactment comprised in subordinate legislation, and includes an enactment whenever passed or made;

  • enterprise” means the activities, or part of the activities, of a business;

  • [F3the European Merger Regulations” 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;]

  • goods” includes buildings and other structures, and also includes ships, aircraft and hovercraft;

  • modify” includes amend or repeal;

  • notice” means notice in writing;

  • price” includes any charge or fee (however described);

  • subordinate legislation” has the same meaning as in the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30) and also includes an instrument made under an Act of the Scottish Parliament and an instrument made under Northern Ireland legislation;

  • subsidiary” has the meaning given by [F4section 1159 of the Companies Act 2006] (c. 6);

  • supply”, in relation to the supply of goods, includes supply by way of sale, lease, hire or hire-purchase, and, in relation to buildings or other structures, includes the construction of them by a person for another person;

  • [F5“the UK financial system” means the financial system in the United Kingdom;] and

  • United Kingdom national” means an individual who is—

    (a)

    a British citizen, a British overseas territories citizen, a British National (Overseas) or a British Overseas citizen;

    (b)

    a person who under the British Nationality Act 1981 (c. 61) is a British subject; or

    (c)

    a British protected person within the meaning of that Act.

(2)For the purposes of this Part any two bodies corporate are interconnected if—

(a)one of them is a body corporate of which the other is a subsidiary; or

(b)both of them are subsidiaries of one and the same body corporate;

and in this Part “interconnected bodies corporate” shall be construed accordingly and “group of interconnected bodies corporate” means a group consisting of two or more bodies corporate all of whom are interconnected with each other.

(3)References in this Part to a person carrying on business include references to a person carrying on business in partnership with one or more other persons.

(4)Any duty to publish which is imposed on a person by this Part shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be construed as a duty on that person to publish in such manner as he considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matter concerned to the attention of those likely to be affected by it.

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F2S. 129(1): definition of "the EC Merger Regulation" inserted (1.5.2004) by The EC Merger Control (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1079), reg. 2, Sch. para. 2(25)(b)

F3S. 129(1): definition of "the European Merger Regulations" ceased to have effect (1.5.2004) by virtue of The EC Merger Control (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1079), reg. 2, Sch. para. 2(25)(a)

F5Words in s. 129(1) inserted (24.10.2008) (with application in accordance with art. 1(2) of the amending S.I.) by The Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58 Consideration) Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/2645), arts. 1(1), 3(1)

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