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Enterprise Act 2002

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213Enforcers

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(1)Each of the following is a general enforcer—

(a)the OFT;

(b)every local weights and measures authority in Great Britain;

(c)the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland.

(2)A designated enforcer is any person or body (whether or not incorporated) which the Secretary of State—

(a)thinks has as one of its purposes the protection of the collective interests of consumers, and

(b)designates by order.

(3)The Secretary of State may designate a public body only if he is satisfied that it is independent.

(4)The Secretary of State may designate a person or body which is not a public body only if the person or body (as the case may be) satisfies such criteria as the Secretary of State specifies by order.

(5)A Community enforcer is a qualified entity for the purposes of the Injunctions Directive—

(a)which is for the time being specified in the list published in the Official Journal of the European Communities in pursuance of Article 4.3 of that Directive, but

(b)which is not a general enforcer or a designated enforcer.

(6)An order under this section may designate an enforcer in respect of—

(a)all infringements;

(b)infringements of such descriptions as are specified in the order.

(7)An order under this section may make different provision for different purposes.

(8)The designation of a body by virtue of subsection (3) is conclusive evidence for the purposes of any question arising under this Part that the body is a public body.

(9)An order under this section must be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(10)If requested to do so by a designated enforcer which is designated in respect of one or more Community infringements the Secretary of State must notify the Commission of the European Communities—

(a)of its name and purpose;

(b)of the Community infringements in respect of which it is designated.

(11)The Secretary of State must also notify the Commission—

(a)of the fact that a person or body in respect of which he has given notice under subsection (10) ceases to be a designated enforcer;

(b)of any change in the name or purpose of a designated enforcer in respect of which he has given such notice;

(c)of any change to the Community infringements in respect of which a designated enforcer is designated.

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