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Groceries Code Adjudicator Act 2013

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15Review of Adjudicator and guidance from Secretary of State

(1)The Secretary of State must review the Adjudicator’s performance for each review period.

(2)The first review period is the period ending on the first 31 March that is at least 2 years after section 1 comes into force.

(3)Subsequent review periods are each successive period of 3 years after the first review period.

(4)A review must, in particular—

(a)consider how much the Adjudicator’s powers have been exercised; and

(b)assess how effective the Adjudicator has been in enforcing the Groceries Code.

(5)The review must also consider whether it would be desirable—

(a)for an order to be made under subsection (11) (if no order under that subsection is in force), or

(b)for any order under that subsection to be revoked.

(6)A review may consider whether it would be desirable to amend or replace the order for the time being in force under section 9(6).

(7)As soon as practicable after a review period, the Secretary of State must—

(a)publish a report of the findings of the review for that period; and

(b)lay a copy of the report before Parliament.

(8)In carrying out a review, the Secretary of State must consult—

(a)the Adjudicator;

(b)the Competition Commission;

(c)the Office of Fair Trading;

(d)the retailers mentioned in Article 4(1)(a) and (b) of the Groceries Supply Order;

(e)one or more persons appearing to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of suppliers;

(f)one or more persons appearing to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of consumers; and

(g)any other person the Secretary of State thinks appropriate.

(9)As a result of the findings of a review, the Secretary of State may give guidance to the Adjudicator about any matter relating to the Adjudicator’s functions.

(10)The Adjudicator is to take account of the guidance in carrying out functions.

(11)The Secretary of State may by order provide that this Act has effect as if the section set out in subsection (13) below were inserted after section 4.

(12)An order under subsection (11)

(a)may be made only if, as a result of the findings of a review, the Secretary of State thinks that making the order would enable the Adjudicator to be more effective;

(b)may be revoked only if, as a result of the findings of a review, the Secretary of State thinks that revoking the order would not impair the Adjudicator’s effectiveness.

(13)This is the section referred to in subsection (11)

4AInformation that may be considered when deciding whether to investigate

(1)In deciding whether to carry out an investigation the Adjudicator may consider only—

(a)information provided by a supplier;

(b)information that is publicly available;

(c)information provided by a person who obtained the information at a time when the person was a worker employed by the retailer in question or a company in the same group;

(d)information provided by the retailer in question about whether it has complied with a recommendation made under section 7.

(2)When carrying out an investigation the Adjudicator may consider any information that it seems appropriate to consider and is not limited to considering the information mentioned in subsection (1).

(3)In this section—

  • “group” has the same meaning as in Part 15 of the Companies Act 2006 (see section 474(1) of that Act);

  • “worker” and “employed” have the same meaning as in Part 4A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (see sections 43K and 230 of that Act).

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