HC Deb 30 October 2002 vol 391 cc938-42

Lords amendment: No. 53, insert the following new Clause—

"Intervention to protect legitimate interests

  1. (1) Subsection(2) applies where—
    1. (a) the Secretary of State has reasonable grounds for suspecting that it is or may be the case that—
      1. (i) a relevant merger situation has been created or that arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation; and
      2. (ii) a concentration with a Community dimension (within the meaning of the European Merger Regulations), or a part of such a concentration, has thereby arisen or will thereby arise;
    2. (b) a reference which would otherwise be possible under section 21 or 32 is prevented from being made under that section in relation to the relevant merger situation concerned by virtue of Community law or anything done under or in accordance with it; and
    3. (c) the Secretary of State is considering whether to take appropriate measures to protect legitimate interests as permitted by article 21(3) of the European Merger Regulations.
    4. (2) The Secretary of State may give a notice to the OFT (in this section "a European intervention notice") if he believes that it is or may be the case that one or more than one public interest consideration is relevant to a consideration of the relevant merger situation concerned.
    5. (3) A European intervention notice shall state—
      1. (a) the relevant merger situation concerned;
      2. (b) the public interest consideration or considerations which are, or may be, relevant to a consideration of the relevant merger situation concerned; and
      3. (c) where any public interest consideration concerned is not finalised, the proposed timetable for finalising it.
    6. (4) Where the Secretary of State believes that it is or may be the case that two or more public interest considerations are relevant to a consideration of the relevant merger situation concerned, he may decide not to mention in the intervention notice such of those considerations as he considers appropriate.
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    8. (5) No more than one European intervention notice shall be given under subsection (2) in relation to the same relevant merger situation.
    9. (6) Where the Secretary of State has given a European intervention notice mentioning a public interest consideration which, at that time, is not finalised, he shall, as soon as practicable, take such action as is within his power to ensure that it is finalised.
    10. (7) For the purposes of deciding whether a relevant merger situation has been created or whether arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation, sections 22 to 31 (read together with section 33) shall apply for the purposes of this section as they do for the purposes of Chapter 1 but subject to subsection (8).
    11. (8) In their application by virtue of subsection (7) sections 22 to 31 shall have effect as if—
      1. (a) references in those sections to the decision-making authority were references to the Secretary of State;
      2. (b) for paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 22(9) there were substituted ", in relation to the giving of a European intervention notice, the time when the notice is given";
      3. (c) the references to the OFT in section 23(2)(a) and (b) included references to the Secretary of State;
      4. (d) sections 24, 30 and 31 were omitted; and
      5. (e) the references in sections 22 to 28 to the making of a reference or a reference were, so far as necessary, references to the giving of a European intervention notice or a European intervention notice.
    12. (9) Section 41(3) shall, in its application to this section and section (Scheme for protecting legitimate interests), have effect as if for the words "intervention notice" there were substituted "European intervention notice"."

Amendment proposed to the Lords amendment (a), after "consideration", insert— , or a matter relating to the legitimate interests of the balanced distribution of industry and employment,".—[Mr. Barnes.]

Question put, That the amendment to the Lords amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 48, Noes 283.

Division No. 344] [7:52pm
Abbott, Ms Diane Mahon, Mrs Alice
Banks, Tony Marshall, Jim (Leicester S)
Barnes, Harry Mitchell, Austin (Gt Grimsby)
Barrett, John Öpik, Lembit
Brooke, Mrs Annette L. Price, Adam (E Carmarthen & Dinefwr)
Burnett, John
Cable, Dr. Vincent Reid, Allan (Argyll & Bute)
Calton, Mrs Patsy Rendel, David
Campbell, rh Menzies (NE Fife) Robertson, Angus (Moray)
Campbell, Ronnie (Blyth V) Russell, Bob (Colchester)
Carmichael, Alistair Simpson, Alan (Nottingham S)
Clapham, Michael Skinner, Dennis
Davey, Edward (Kingston) Smith, Sir Robert (W Ab'd'ns & Kincardine)
Doughty, Sue
Ewing, Annabelle Stunell, Andrew
Foster, Don (Bath) Thomas, Simon (Ceredigion)
George, Andrew (St. Ives)
Gerrard, Neil Thurso, John
Green, Matthew (Ludlow) Vis, Dr. Rudi
Holmes, Paul Webb, Steve (Northavon)
Hughes, Simon (Southwark N) Weir, Michael
Jones, Lynne (Selly Oak) Williams, Roger (Brecon)
Kennedy, rh Charles (Ross Skye & Inverness) Wishart, Pete
Younger-Ross, Richard
Lamb, Norman
Laws, David (Yeovil) Tellers for the Ayes:
Llwyd, Elfyn Tom Brake and Mr. Kelvin Hopkins
McDonnell, John
Adams, Irene (Paisley N) Donohoe, Brian H.
Ainger, Nick Doran, Frank
Alexander, Douglas Dorrell, rh Stephen
Allen, Graham Dowd, Jim (Lewisham W)
Anderson, rh Donald (Swansea E) Drew, David (Stroud)
Anderson, Janet (Rossendale & Darwen) Drown, Ms Julia
Eagle, Maria (L'pool Garston)
Atherton, Ms Candy Edwards, Huw
Atkins, Charlotte Ennis, Jeff (Barnsley E)
Bailey, Adrian Etherington, Bill
Barron, rh Kevin Field, Mark (Cities of London & Westminster)
Battle, John
Bayley, Hugh Fisher, Mark
Begg, Miss Anne Fitzpatrick, Jim
Beggs, Roy (E Antrim) Flint, Caroline
Benn, Hilary Flynn, Paul (Newport W)
Benton, Joe (Bootle) Follett, Barbara
Berry, Roger Foster, rh Derek
Blackman, Liz Foster, Michael (Worcester)
Blears, Ms Hazel Foster, Michael Jabez (Hastings & Rye)
Boateng, rh Paul
Borrow, David Francis, Dr. Hywel
Bradley, rh Keith (Withington) Gapes, Mike (Ilford S)
Bradley, Peter (The Wrekin) Gardiner, Barry
Brennan, Kevin George, rh Bruce (Walsall S)
Brown, Russell (Dumfries) Gilroy, Linda
Bryant, Chris Godsiff, Roger
Burden, Richard Goggins, Paul
Burgon, Colin Griffiths, Jane (Reading E)
Burnham, Andy Griffiths, Win (Bridgend)
Byers, rh Stephen Grogan, John
Cairns, David Hain, rh Peter
Campbell, Alan (Tynemouth) Hall, Mike (Weaver Vale)
Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge) Hall, Patrick (Bedford)
Caplin, Ivor Hamilton, David (Midlothian)
Casale, Roger Hamilton, Fabian (Leeds NE)
Caton, Martin Hanson, David
Cawsey, Ian (Brigg) Harris, Tom (Glasgow Cathcart)
Challen, Colin Havard, Dai (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney)
Chapman, Ben (Wirral S)
Chaytor, David Healey, John
Clark, Mrs Helen (Peterborough) Henderson, Ivan (Harwich)
Clark, Paul (Gillingham) Hendrick, Mark
Clarke, rh Tom (Coatbridge & Chryston) Hermon, Lady
Hesford, Stephen
Clarke, Tony (Northampton S) Heyes, David
Clelland, David Hill, Keith (Streatham)
Clwyd, Ann (Cynon V) Hoey, Kate (Vauxhall)
Coaker, Vernon Hope, Phil (Corby)
Coffey, Ms Ann Hoyle, Lindsay
Cohen, Harry Hughes, Beverley (Stretford & Urmston)
Colman, Tony
Connarty, Michael Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)
Cook, rh Robin (Livingston) Humble, Mrs Joan
Cooper, Yvette Hurst, Alan (Braintree)
Corston, Jean Hutton, rh John
Cousins, Jim Iddon, Dr. Brian
Cox, Tom (Tooting) Illsley, Eric
Crausby, David Irranca-Davies, Huw
Cruddas, Jon Jackson, Glenda (Hampstead & Highgate)
Cryer, Mrs Ann (Keighley)
Cummings, John Jamieson, David
Cunningham, Tony (Workington) Jenkins, Brian
Davey, Valerie (Bristol W) Johnson, Miss Melanie (Welwyn Hatfield)
David, Wayne
Davidson, Ian Jones, Helen (Warrington N)
Davies, rh Denzil (Llanelli) Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C)
Davies, Geraint (Croydon C) Jones, Kevan (N Durham)
Davis, rh Terry (B'ham Hodge H) Jones, Martyn (Clwyd S)
Dean, Mrs Janet Joyce, Eric (Falkirk W)
Denham, rh John Keeble, Ms Sally
Dhanda, Parmjit Keen, Alan (Feltham)
Dismore, Andrew Keen, Ann (Brentford)
Djanogly, Jonathan Khabra, Piara S.
Dodds, Nigel Kidney, David
Kilfoyle, Peter Pound, Stephen
King, Andy (Rugby) Prentice, Ms Bridget (Lewisham E)
King, Ms Oona (Bethnal Green & Bow)
Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)
Kirkbride, Miss Julie Primarolo, rh Dawn
Knight, Jim (S Dorset) Prosser, Gwyn
Kumar, Dr. Ashok Purchase, Ken
Ladyman, Dr. Stephen Purnell, James
Lammy, David Quin, rh Joyce
Lawrence, Mrs Jackie Rammell, Bill
Laxton, Bob (Derby N) Rapson, Syd (Portsmouth N)
Lazarowicz, Mark Redwood, rh John
Lepper, David Reed, Andy (Loughborough)
Levitt, Tom (High Peak) Reid, rh Dr. John (Hamilton N & Bellshill)
Lewis, Ivan (Bury S)
Love Andrew Robertson, John (Glasgow Anniesland)
Lucas, Ian (Wrexham)
Lyons, John (Strathkelvin) Robinson, Geoffrey (Coventry NW)
Lyons, John (Strathkelvin)
McAvoy, Thomas Robinson, Mrs Iris (Strangford)
McCabe, Stephen Rooney, Terry
McCafferty, Chris Ross, Ernie (Dundee W)
McDonagh, Siobhain Roy, Frank (Motherwell)
MacDonald, Calum Ruane, Chris
MacDougall, John Russell, Ms Christine (City of Chester)
McFall, John
McIsaac, Shona Ryan, Joan (Enfield N)
MacKay, rh Andrew Salter, Martin
McKechin, Ann Savidge, Malcolm
McKenna, Rosemary Sawford, Phil
Mackinlay, Andrew Sedgemore, Brian
McNulty, Tony Shaw, Jonathan
MacShane, Denis Sheridan, Jim
Mactaggart, Fiona Simon, Siôn (B'ham Erdington)
McWilliam, John Smith, rh Andrew (Oxford E)
Mahmood, Khalid Smith, Geraldine (Morecambe & Lunesdale)
Mallaber, Judy
Mandelson, rh Peter Smith, Jacqui (Redditch)
Mann, John (Bassetlaw) Soley, Clive
Marris, Rob (Wolverh'ton SW) Southworth, Helen
Spellar, rh John
Marsden, Gordon (Blackpool S) Squire, Rachel
Marshall, David (Glasgow Shettleston) Steinberg, Gerry
Stevenson, George
Martlew, Eric Stewart, David (Inverness E & Lochaber)
Miliband, David
Miller, Andrew Stewart, Ian (Eccles)
Moffatt, Laura Stoate, Dr. Howard
Mole, Chris Strang, rh Dr. Gavin
Moonie, Dr. Lewis Stuart, Ms Gisela
Moran, Margaret Tami, Mark (Alyn)
Mountford, Kali Taylor, Dari (Stockton S)
Mudie, George Taylor, David (NW Leics)
Mullin, Chris Thomas, Gareth (Clwyd W)
Munn, Ms Meg Thomas, Gareth (Harrow W)
Murphy, Denis (Wansbeck) Tipping, Paddy
Murphy, Jim (Eastwood) Todd, Mark (S Derbyshire)
Murphy, rh Paul (Torfaen) Touhig, Don (Islwyn)
Naysmith, Dr. Doug Trickett, Jon
Norman, Archie Truswell, Paul
Norris, Dan (Wansdyke) Turner, Dennis (Wolverh'ton SE)
Olner, Bill Turner, Dr. Desmond (Brighton Kemptown)
O'Neill, Martin
Organ, Diana Twigg, Derek (Halton)
Osborne, Sandra (Ayr) Tynan, Bill (Hamilton S)
Tyrie, Andrew
Owen, Albert Walley, Ms Joan
Palmer, Dr. Nick Wareing, Robert N.
Perham, Linda Watson, Tom (W Bromwich E)
Picking, Anne White, Brian
Pickthall, Colin Whitehead, Dr. Alan
Pike, Peter (Burnley) Williams, Mrs Betty (Conwy)
Plaskitt, James Winnick, David
Pollard, Kerry Winterton, Ms Rosie (Doncaster C)
Pond, Chris (Gravesham)
Pope, Greg (Hyndburn) Woodward, Shaun
Woolas, Phil Wright, Tony (Cannock)
Wright, Anthony D. (Gt Yarmouth) Tellers for the Noes:
Mr. Fraser Kemp and
Wright, David (Telford) Mr. John Heppell

Question accordingly negatived.

Lords amendment agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 54 to 131 agreed to.

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