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Small Business Commissioner and Late Payments etc Bill [HL]

Volume 801: debated on Tuesday 21 January 2020

First Reading

A Bill to make provision to amend the statutory limits for payment of invoices; make provision for a statutory time limit for resolving payment disputes; amend interest for late payments and penalties for persistent late payments and non-compliance; prohibit specified payment practices, on-boarding and pay-to-stay; require payments becoming due under public sector construction projects to be held in project bank accounts; amend the remit, role and powers of the Small Business Commissioner in regard to late payments; provide for a duty on auditors to publish late payment data; and for connected purposes.

The Bill was introduced by Lord Mendelsohn, read a first time and ordered to be printed.