Last week saw the final debate in the Committee stage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill as it progresses through the House of Commons. Over the last month, MPs on the Bill Committee have debated the contents of the Bill, clause by clause, proposing changes to the text – you can watch and read the debates on the Parliament website.
The next stage of the Bill will be the Report Stage (expected to begin in the Autumn when the House is back after recess) followed by a third reading, both in the House of Commons. The Bill will then move to the House of Lords for scrutiny.
You can follow the latest announcements from BIS around the Bill on our ‘latest news’ section – most recently Lord Currie was announced as the ‘Chair Designate’ of the proposed new Competition and Markets Authority, which aims to bring together the Competition Commission (CC) and the competition functions of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). He will officially take up the role after the new organisation is created.
Between now and the Bill’s House of Commons Report stage, we will be looking at a different area of the Bill in our Blogs section. This will help to explain some of the complex policy areas of the Bill, and provide the opportunity for you to ask questions about what is being proposed. This week we will begin by focusing on copyright reform.
If you have specific questions about the Bill, or have suggestions or topics you would like us to discuss, please leave your comments on the site in the comments section in the right-hand side.