Insights House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee issues call for evidence on Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill

In April 2023 the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill was introduced in the House of Commons. The Government said the measures would improve consumer protection, regulate digital markets in a new way, and strengthen competition enforcement powers.

The Communications and Digital Committee is examining the extent to which the legislation will deliver on these objectives and has issued a call for evidence on the Bill. The Committee is focusing on Parts 1 and 2 of the Bill, which deal with digital markets and competition and is keen to hear from a range of perspectives from across the digital sector on the following questions:

  • To what extent are businesses and consumers affected by limited competition in digital markets, and what are the consequences?
  • Does the Bill strike the right balance between regulating digital markets and encouraging innovation?
  • What are the strengths of the Bill’s measures to regulate digital markets?
  • What are its main weaknesses and how should these be addressed?
  • Are there other existing measures or pieces of legislation that would help address challenges?
  • Is the Competition and Markets Authority sufficiently well prepared to implement the new regime?
  • How does the UK’s approach compare to the EU and US?

The Committee welcomes written contributions by 12 June 2023.