HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 cc762-7

Lords amendment: No. 332, after clause 188, to insert the following new clause—Restrictions on disclosure of information.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this section, no information with respect to any particular business which—

  1. (a) has been obtained by the PPP arbiter under or by virtue of any of the provisions of this Chapter, and
  2. (b) relates to the affairs of any individual or to any particular business,
shall, during the lifetime of that individual or so long as that business continues to be carried on, be disclosed without the consent of that individual or the person for the time being carrying on that business.

(2) Subsection (1) above does not apply to any disclosure of information which is made—

  1. (a) for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out by the Secretary of State, the Mayor of London, Transport for London or the PPP arbiter of any of his or, as the case may be, its functions under this Act;
  2. (b) for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out by the Secretary of State, the Rail Regulator, the Franchising Director, the Competition Commission or the Mayor of any of his or, as the case may be, its functions under the Railways Act 1993;
  3. (c) for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out by—
    1. (i) any Minister of the Crown,
    2. (ii) the Director General of Fair Trading,
    3. (iii) the Competition Commission,
    4. (iv) the Director General of Telecommunications,
    5. (v) the Director General of Gas Supply,
    6. (vi) the Director General of Water Supply,
    7. (vii) the Director General of Electricity Supply,
    8. (viii) the Civil Aviation Authority,
    9. (ix) the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal, or
    10. (x) a local weights and measures authority in Great Britain,
    of any of his or, as the case may be, its functions under any of the enactments or instruments specified in subsection (3) below;
  4. (d) for the purpose of enabling or assisting the Secretary of State or the Treasury to exercise any powers conferred by the Financial Services Act 1986 or by the enactments relating to companies, insurance companies or insolvency or for the purpose of enabling or assisting any inspector appointed under the enactments relating to companies to carry out his functions;
  5. (e) for the purpose of enabling or assisting an official receiver to carry out his functions under the enactments relating to insolvency or for the purpose of enabling or assisting a recognised professional body for the purposes of section 391 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to carry out its functions as such;
  6. (f) for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out by the Health and Safety Commission or the Health and Safety Executive of any of its functions under any enactment 763 or of facilitating the carrying out by any enforcing authority, within the meaning of Part I of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, of any functions under a relevant statutory provision, within the meaning of that Act;
  7. (g) for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of any of his functions under any enactment;
  8. (h) for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out by the International Rail Regulator of any of his functions under any subordinate legislation made for the purpose of implementing—
    1. (i) the Directive of the Council of the European Communities dated 29th July 1991 on the development of the Community's railways; or
    2. (ii) Council Directive 95/19/EC on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the charging of infrastructure fees;
  9. (j) in connection with the investigation of any criminal offence or for the purposes of any criminal proceedings;
  10. (k) for the purposes of any civil proceedings brought under or by virtue of this Act or any of the enactments or instruments specified in subsection (3) below; or
  11. (l) in pursuance of a Community obligation.

(3) The enactments and instruments referred to in subsection (2) above are—

  1. (a) the Trade Descriptions Act 1968;
  2. (b) the Fair Trading Act 1973;
  3. (c) the Consumer Credit Act 1974;
  4. (d) the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976;
  5. (e) the Resale Prices Act 1976;
  6. (f) the Estate Agents Act 1979;
  7. (g) the Competition Act 1980;
  8. (h) the Telecommunications Act 1984;
  9. (j) the Airports Act 1986;
  10. (k) the Gas Act 1986;
  11. (l) the Insolvency Act 1986;
  12. (m) the Consumer Protection Act 1987;
  13. (n) the Electricity Act 1989;
  14. (o) the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991;
  15. (p) the Water Industry Act 1991;
  16. (q) the Water Resources Act 1991;
  17. (r) the Railways Act 1993;
  18. (s) any subordinate legislation made for the purpose of securing compliance with the Directive of the Council of the European Communities dated 10th September 1984 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the member States concerning misleading advertising.

(4) The Secretary of State may by order provide that subsections (2) and (3) above shall have effect subject to such modifications as are specified in the order.

(5) The prohibition imposed by subsection (1) above shall be enforceable by civil proceedings—

  1. (a) by the individual mentioned in that subsection, or
  2. (b) by the person for the time being carrying on the business there mentioned,
for an injunction or for any other appropriate relief or remedy.

(6) In this section "the Franchising Director" means the Director General of Passenger Rail Franchising."

Motion made, and Question put, That this House agrees with the Lords in the said amendment.—[Mr. Dowd.]

The House divided: Ayes 314, Noes 156.

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Abbott, Ms Diane Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Ainger, Nick Dalyell, Tam
Ainsworth, Robert (Cov'try NE) Darvill, Keith
Alexander, Douglas Davey, Valerie (Bristol W)
Allen, Graham Davies, Rt Hon Denzil (Llanelli)
Armstrong, Rt Hon Ms Hilary Davies, Geraint (Croydon C)
Ashton, Joe Davis, Terty (B'ham Hodge H)
Atherton, Ms Candy Dean, Mrs Janet
Atkins, Charlotte Denham, John
Austin, John Dobbin, Jim
Barnes, Harry Donohoe, Brian H
Barron, Kevin Doran, Frank
Bayley, Hugh Dowd, Jim
Beard, Nigel Drew, David
Beckett, Rt Hon Mrs Margaret Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth
Bell, Martin (Tatton) Eagle, Angela (Wallasey)
Bell, Stuart (Middlesbrough) Edwards, Huw
Benn, Hilary (Leeds C) Ellman, Mrs Louise
Benn, Rt Hon Tony (Chesterfield) Etherington, Bill
Bennett, Andrew F Field, Rt Hon Frank
Bermingham, Gerald Fisher, Mark
Berry, Roger Fitzpatrick, Jim
Betts, Clive Fitzsimons, Lorna
Blears, Ms Hazel Flint, Caroline
Blizzard, Bob Flynn, Paul
Boateng, Rt Hon Paul Follett, Barbara
Borrow, David Foster, Rt Hon Derek
Bradley, Keith (Withington) Foster, Michael Jabez (Hastings)
Bradley, Peter (The Wrekin) Foster, Michael J (Worcester)
Brinton, Mrs Helen Fyfe, Maria
Brown, Rt Hon Nick (Newcastle E) Gapes, Mike
Brown, Russell (Dumfries) Gardiner, Barry
Browne, Desmond George, Bruce (Walsall S)
Buck, Ms Karen Gerrard, Neil
Burgon, Colin Gibson, Dr Ian
Butler, Mrs Christine Gilroy, Mrs Linda
Byers, Rt Hon Stephen Godman, Dr Norman A
Campbell, Alan (Tynemouth) Godsiff, Roger
Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge) Goggins, Paul
Campbell, Ronnie (Blyth V) Golding, Mrs Llin
Campbell-Savours, Dale Gordon, Mrs Eileen
Caplin, Ivor Griffiths, Jane (Reading E)
Casale, Roger Griffiths, Win (Bridgend)
Caton, Martin Grocott, Bruce
Chaytor, David Grogan, John
Clapham, Michael Gunnell, John
Clark, Rt Hon Dr David (S Shields) Hall, Mike (Weaver Vale)
Clark, Dr Lynda (Edinburgh Pentlands) Hall, Patrick (Bedford)
Hamilton, Fabian (Leeds NE)
Clark, Paul (Gillingham) Heal, Mrs Sylvia
Clarke, Charles (Norwich S) Healey, John
Clarke, Eric (Midlothian) Henderson, Doug (Newcastle N)
Clarke, Rt Hon Tom (Coatbridge) Henderson, Ivan (Harwich)
Clarke, Tony (Northampton S) Hepburn, Stephen
Clelland, David Heppell, John
Clwyd, Ann Hesford, Stephen
Coaker, Vernon Hewitt, Ms Patricia
Coffey, Ms Ann Hill, Keith
Cohen, Harry Hinchliffe, David
Coleman, Iain Hodge, Ms Margaret
Connarty, Michael Hood, Jimmy
Cook, Frank (Stockton N) Hoon, Rt Hon Geoffrey
Corbett, Robin Hope, Phil
Corbyn, Jeremy Hopkins, Kelvin
Corston, Jean Howarth, Alan (Newport E)
Cousins, Jim Hoyle, Lindsay
Cox, Tom Hughes, Ms Beverley (Stretford)
Cranston, Ross Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)
Cryer, Mrs Ann (Keighley) Humble, Mrs Joan
Cryer, John (Hornchurch) Hurst, Alan
Cummings, John Hutton, John
Cunliffe, Lawrence Iddon, Dr Brian
Cunningham, Jim (Cov'try S) Illsley, Eric
Jackson, Helen (Hillsborough) Organ, Mrs Diana
Jenkins, Brian Osborne, Ms Sandra
Johnson, Alan (Hull W & Hessle) Palmer, Dr Nick
Johnson, Miss Melanie (Welwyn Hatfield) Pearson, Ian
Perham, Ms Linda
Jones, Mrs Fiona (Newark) Pickthall, Colin
Jones, Helen (Warrington N) Pike, Peter L
Jones, Ms Jenny (Wolverh'ton SW) Plaskitt, James
Pope, Greg
Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C) Pound, Stephen
Jones, Dr Lynne (Selly Oak) Powell, Sir Raymond
Jones, Martyn (Clwyd S) Prentice, Ms Bridget (Lewisham E)
Jowell, Rt Hon Ms Tessa Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)
Kaufman, Rt Hon Gerald Prosser, Gwyn
Keeble, Ms Sally Purchase, Ken
Keen, Alan (Feltham & Heston) Quin, Rt Hon Ms Joyce
Kelly, Ms Ruth Quinn, Lawrie
Kemp, Fraser Radice, Rt Hon Giles
Kennedy, Jane (Wavertree) Rammell, Bill
Khabra, Piara S Rapson, Syd
Kidney, David Raynsford, Nick
Kilfoyle, Peter Reed, Andrew (Loughborough)
King, Andy (Rugby & Kenilworth) Roche, Mrs Barbara
King, Ms Oona (Bethnal Green) Rogers, Allan
Kumar, Dr Ashok Ross, Ernie (Dundee W)
Ladyman, Dr Stephen Rowlands, Ted
Lawrence, Ms Jackie Roy, Frank
Laxton, Bob Ruane, Chris
Leslie, Christopher Ruddock, Joan
Levitt, Tom Russell, Ms Christine (Chester)
Lewis, Ivan (Bury S) Ryan, Ms Joan
Linton, Martin Salter, Martin
Lloyd, Tony (Manchester C) Sarwar, Mohammad
Lock, David Savidge, Malcolm
McAvoy, Thomas Sawford, Phil
McCabe, Steve Sedgemore, Brian
McCartney, Rt Hon Ian (Makerfield) Shaw, Jonathan
Sheerman, Barry
McDonagh, Siobhain Sheldon, Rt Hon Robert
Macdonald, Calum Short, Rt Hon Clare
McDonnell, John Simpson, Alan (Nottingham S)
McIsaac, Shona Singh, Marsha
McKenna, Mrs Rosemary Skinner, Dennis
Mackinlay, Andrew Smith, Rt Hon Andrew (Oxford E)
McNulty, Tony Smith, Angela (Basildon)
Mactaggart, Fiona Smith, John (Glamorgan)
McWalter, Tony Southworth, Ms Helen
McWilliam, John Spellar, John
Mahon, Mrs Alice Squire, Ms Rachel
Mallaber, Judy Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Marsden, Gordon (Blackpool S) Steinberg, Gerry
Marsden, Paul (Shrewsbury) Stewart, David (Inverness E)
Marshall, David (Shettleston) Stewart, Ian (Eccles)
Marshall-Andrews, Robert Stinchcombe, Paul
Martlew, Eric Strang, Rt Hon Dr Gavin
Maxton, John Straw, Rt Hon Jack
Meale, Alan Stringer, Graham
Merron, Gillian Stuart, Ms Gisela
Michie, Bill (Shef'ld Heeley) Sutcliffe, Gerry
Milburn, Rt Hon Alan Taylor, Rt Hon Mrs Ann (Dewsbury)
Miller, Andrew
Mitchell, Austin Taylor, Ms Dari (Stockton S)
Moffatt, Laura Taylor, David (NW Leics)
Moonie, Dr Lewis Temple-Morris, Peter
Moran, Ms Margaret Thomas, Gareth (Clwyd W)
Morgan, Ms Julie (Cardiff N) Thomas, Gareth R (Harrow W)
Mountford, Kali Timms, Stephen
Mudie, George Tipping, Paddy
Mullin, Chris Todd, Mark
Murphy, Denis (Wansbeck) Touhig, Don
Murphy, Jim (Eastwood) Truswell, Paul
Murphy, Rt Hon Paul (Torfaen) Turner, Dennis (Wolverh'ton SE)
Naysmith, Dr Doug Turner, Dr Desmond (Kemptown)
O'Brien, Bill (Normanton) Turner, Dr George (NW Norfolk)
O'Brien, Mike (N Warks) Turner, Neil (Wigan)
Olner, Bill Twigg, Derek (Halton)
Twigg, Stephen (Enfield) Wills, Michael
Tynan, Bill Winnick, David
Walley, Ms Joan Winterton, Ms Rosie (Doncaster C)
Ward, Ms Claire Wise, Audrey
Wareing, Robert N Wood, Mike
Watts, David Woolas, Phil
White, Brian Worthington, Tony
Whitehead, Dr Alan Wright Dr Tony (Cannock)
Wicks, Malcolm Wyatt, Derek
Williams, Rt Hon Alan (Swansea W)
Tellers for the Ayes:
Williams, Alan W (E Carmarthen) Mr. David Jamieson and
Williams, Mrs Betty (Conwy) Mrs. Anne McGuire.
Allan, Richard Green, Damian
Amess, David Greenway, John
Ancram, Rt Hon Michael Grieve, Dominic
Arbuthnot, Rt Hon James Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir Archie
Atkinson, David (Bour'mth E) Hammond, Philip
Atkinson, Peter (Hexham) Hancock, Mike
Baldry, Tony Hawkins, Nick
Bercow, John Heath, David (Somerton & Frome)
Beresford, Sir Paul Heathcoat-Amory, Rt Hon David
Blunt, Crispin Hogg, Rt Hon Douglas
Boswell, Tim Horam, John
Bottomley, Peter (Worthing W) Howarth, Gerald (Aldershot)
Bottomley, Rt Hon Mrs Virginia Hughes, Simon (Southwark N)
Brady, Graham Hunter, Andrew
Brake, Tom Jack, Rt Hon Michael
Brazier, Julian Jenkin, Bernard
Brooke, Rt Hon Peter Jones, Nigel (Cheltenham)
Browning, Mrs Angela Keetch, Paul
Bruce, Ian (S Dorset) Key, Robert
Burns, Simon King, Rt Hon Tom (Bridgwater)
Burstow, Paul Kirkbride, Miss Julie
Butterfill, John Kirkwood, Archy
Cable, Dr Vincent Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Campbell, Rt Hon Menzies (NE Fife) Lansley, Andrew
Leigh, Edward
Chapman, Sir Sydney (Chipping Barnet) Lidington, David
Lilley, Rt Hon Peter
Chidgey, David Lloyd, Rt Hon Sir Peter (Fareham)
Chope, Christopher Llwyd, Elfyn
Clappison, James Loughton, Tim
Clark, Dr Michael (Rayleigh) Luff, Peter
Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth (Rushcliffe) Lyell, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas
MacGregor, Rt Hon John
Collins, Tim McIntosh, Miss Anne
Colvin, Michael MacKay, Rt Hon Andrew
Cormack, Sir Patrick Maclean, Rt Hon David
Cotter, Brian Maclennan, Rt Hon Robert
Cran, James McLoughlin, Patrick
Curry, Rt Hon David Madel, Sir David
Davey, Edward (Kingston) Malins, Humfrey
Davies, Quentin (Grantham) Maples, John
Davis, Rt Hon David (Haltemprice & Howden) Mates, Michael
Maude, Rt Hon Francis
Dorrell, Rt Hon Stephen Mawhinney, Rt Hon Sir Brian
Duncan, Alan May, Mrs Theresa
Duncan Smith, Iain Moss, Malcolm
Evans, Nigel Nicholls, Patrick
Faber, David O'Brien, Stephen (Eddisbury)
Fabricant, Michael Ottaway, Richard
Fallon, Michael Page, Richard
Fearn, Ronnie Paice, James
Flight, Howard Paterson, Owen
Forth, Rt Hon Eric Pickles, Eric
Foster, Don (Bath) Randall, John
Fox, Dr Liam Redwood, Rt Hon John
Fraser, Christopher Rendel, David
Gale, Roger Robathan, Andrew
Garnier, Edward Robertson, Laurence
Gibb, Nick Roe, Mrs Marion (Broxbourne)
Gill, Christopher Ruffley, David
Gray, James Russell, Bob (Colchester)
St Aubyn, Nick Trend, Michael
Sanders, Adrian Tyrie, Andrew
Sayeed, Jonathan Viggers, Peter
Shephard, Rt Hon Mrs Gillian Wardle, Charles
Shepherd, Richard Waterson, Nigel
Simpson, Keith (Mid-Norfolk) Wells, Bowen
Soames, Nicholas Whitney, Sir Raymond
Spelman, Mrs Caroline Whittingdale, John
Spring, Richard Wigley, Rt Hon Dafydd
Stanley, Rt Hon Sir John Wilkinson, John
Streeter, Gary Willetts, David
Stunell, Andrew Willis, Phil
Swayne, Desmond Wilshire, David
Syms, Robert Winterton, Mrs Ann (Congleton)
Tapsell, Sir Peter Woodward, Shaun
Taylor, Ian (Esher & Walton) Yeo, Tim
Taylor, John M (Solihull) Young, Rt Hon Sir George
Taylor, Matthew (Truro)
Taylor, Sir Teddy Tellers for the Noes:
Townend, John Mrs. Eleanor Laing and
Tredinnick, David Mr. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

Question accordingly agreed to.

Lords amendment agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 333 to 336 agreed to.

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