Since being included in the King’s Speech in November, the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill (DMCC) has been moving swiftly through Parliament.

According to the UK Government, the DMCC is expected to save consumers £9.7 billion over 10 years as UK consumers benefit from new rights, stronger law enforcement, and more competition including through merger control.

After passing through the House of Commons, in which amendments were tabled on 15 November, the DMCC had its first reading at the House of Lords on 22 November with a second reading scheduled for Tuesday 5 December.

Included within the amendments include the following:

  • Maintain the appeals process for all regulatory decisions (except fines) on the basis of judicial review principles.
  • Firms will now be able to challenge these decisions “on their merits” – allows firms to challenge fines on the substance of the decision, as well as the process to reach that decision.
  • Make clear that the regulator cannot impose a conduct requirement or pro-competition intervention on a firm unless it is proportionate to do so and there is a strong evidence base behind the intervention.

The NFDA will be monitoring the bill further on behalf of our members.