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Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

  3. Background and Overview

    1. Parts 1 and 2

      1. The (new) National Consumer Council

      2. Redress Schemes and Complaint Handling

      3. Consumer Direct

    2. Part 3: Estate Agents

      1. Amendments of the Estate Agents Act 1979

    3. Part 4: Miscellaneous and General

  4. Territorial Extent and Territorial Application

    1. Scotland

    2. Wales

    3. Northern Ireland

      1. Part 1: the National Consumer Council

        1. Section 1: Establishment of the National Consumer Council and its territorial committees

        2. Section 2: The territorial committees

        3. Section 3: “Consumer” and “consumer matters”

        4. Section 4: “Designated consumers”

        5. Section 5: Forward work programmes

        6. Section 6: General provision about functions

        7. Section 7: Annual Report

        8. Section 8: The representative function

        9. Section 9: The research function

        10. Section 10: The information function

        11. Powers of investigation

          1. Section 11: General powers of investigation

          2. Section 12: Investigation of complaints by vulnerable designated consumers

          3. Section 13: Investigation of complaints relating to disconnection of gas or electricity

          4. Section 14: Reference of matters to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

          5. Section 15: Reference of matters to the Postal Services Commission

          6. Section 16: Investigations relating to public post offices

        12. Other functions of the Council

          1. Section 17: Reports by the Council

          2. Section 18: Secretary of State’s power to require reports

          3. Section 19: Advice, information and guidance

          4. Section 20: Duty to enter into co-operation arrangements

          5. Section 21: Power to co-operate and give assistance

          6. Section 22: Voluntary activities

          7. Section 23: Supplementary powers

          8. Section 24: Provision of information to the Council

          9. Section 25: Enforcement by regulator of section 24 notice

          10. Section 26: Enforcement by court of section 24 notice

          11. Section 27: Provision of information by the Council

          12. Section 28: Exemptions from requirements to provide information

          13. Section 29: Disclosure of information

        13. Abolition of Consumer Bodies

          1. Section 30: Abolition of “energywatch” and “Postwatch”

          2. Section 31: Designation of the Consumer Council for Water for abolition

          3. Section 32: Transfer orders and abolition orders

          4. Section 33: Supplementary provision about transfer and abolition orders

          5. Section 34: Compensation for loss of office

          6. Section 35: Transfer of property

          7. Section 36: Directions

          8. Section 37: Extension of the Council’s functions: Great Britain

          9. Section 38: Removal of the Council’s functions in relation to Northern Ireland

          10. Section 39: The Financial Services Consumer Panel

          11. Section 40: The Consumer Panel

          12. Section 41: Interpretation of Part 1

      2. Part 2: Complaints Handling and Redress Schemes

        1. Overview of Part 2

          1. Section 42: Interpretation of Part 2

          2. Section 43: Standards for handling complaints

          3. Section 44: Requirements for making regulations under section 43

          4. Section 45: Information with respect to compliance with complaints handling standards

          5. Section 46: Supply of information to consumers

          6. Section 47: Membership of redress scheme

          7. Section 48: Membership of redress schemes: supplementary

          8. Section 49: Approval of redress schemes

          9. Section 50: Approval of redress schemes: supplementary

          10. Section 51: Procedure for refusing or withdrawing approval

          11. Section 52: Enforcement of requirements imposed under Part 2

      3. Part 3: Amendments of the Estate Agents’ Act 1979

        1. Estate agents’ duties

          1. Section 53: Membership of redress schemes

          2. Section 54: Duty to keep records

          3. Section 55: Grounds for prohibition orders

          4. Section 56: Grounds for warning orders

        2. Investigatory powers

          1. Section 57: Powers of entry and inspection

          2. Section 58: Failure to produce information

      4. Part 4: Miscellaneous and General

        1. Section 59: Contracts concluded away from business premises

        2. Section 60: Orders and Regulations

        3. Section 61: Directions

        4. Section 62: Parliamentary control of orders and regulation

        5. Section 63: Minor, consequential and transitional provision

        6. Section 64: Repeals

        7. Section 65: Extent

  5. Schedules+-

    1. Schedule 1: The National Consumer Council

      1. Part 1: Members of the Council

        Membership

      2. Part 2: Staff of the Council

      3. Part 3: Territorial, Regional and Other Committees

      4. Part 4: Procedure

      5. Part 5: Funding and accounts

      6. Part 6: Status

    2. Schedule 2: Enforcement of information requirements

    3. Schedule 3: Abolition of consumer bodies: transitional provision

    4. Schedule 4: Transfer of property to Council

    5. Schedule 5: Information relating to compliance with complaint handling standards

    6. Schedule 6: Estate Agents’ Redress Schemes

      1. New section 23A: Redress Schemes

      2. New section 23B: Enforcement

      3. New section 23C: Meaning of residential property

      4. New Schedule 3: redress schemes

      5. New Schedule 4: Penalty notices under section 23B(1)

    7. Schedule 7: Minor and Consequential Amendments

    8. Schedule 8: Repeals

  6. Commencement

  7. Parliamentary History

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