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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 11 October 2016

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 1-55, NS1

 

Digital Economy Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee.

 


 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee

 

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill

 

agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Monday 10 October (Standing Order

 

83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25am on Tuesday 11

 

October) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00pm on Tuesday 11 October; 

 

(b)  

at 11.30am on Thursday 13 October;

 

(c)  

at 9.25am and 2.00pm on Tuesday 18 October;

 

(d)  

at 11.30am and 2.00pm on Thursday 20 October;

 

(e)  

at 9.25am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 25 October;

 

(f)  

at 11.30am and 2.00pm on Thursday 27 October;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:


 
 

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TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

BT/EE

 
  

10.00am

TalkTalk

 
   

Three

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

Sky

 
  

10.30am

Virgin

 
   

Vodafone

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

Which?

 
  

11.00am

Countryside Alliance

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

Open Data Institute

 
  

11.25am

The Co-operative Group

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

The British Board of Film

 
  

2.45pm

Classification

 
   

NSPCC

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

Dr Edgar Whitley, London

 
  

3.00pm

School of Economics

 
   

Wireless Infrastructure Group

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

Big Brother Watch

 
  

4.00pm

Open Rights Group

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

ProjectsbyIF

 
  

4.30pm

Open Corporates

 
   

TUC

 
 

Tuesday 11 October

Until no later than

Professor Sir Charles Bean,

 
  

5.00pm

London School of Economics

 
   

The Royal Statistical Society

 
 

Thursday 13 October

Until no later than

StepChange

 
  

12.00pm

Citizens Advice

 
   

Dr Jerry Fishenden

 
 

Thursday 13 October

Until no later than

OFCOM

 
  

12.30pm

  
 

Thursday 13 October

Until no later than

The Information

 
  

1.00pm

Commissioner’s Office

 
 

(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 4; Schedules 1 to 3; Clauses 5 to 84; new

 

Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

 

(4)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00pm on Thursday 27 October.

 

Matt Hancock has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the

 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee [Standing Order No. 83C].

 



 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the

 

Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  82,  line  29,  leave out “and keep”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The code will deal with cases where apparatus has already been installed on land. Amendments

 

12, 13 and 14 therefore provide for installing apparatus and keeping apparatus on land to be

 

treated separately, and for rights described in sub-paragraphs (c), (ca) and (d) to be described

 

consistently with this.

 

Matt Hancock

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  82,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

to keep installed electronic communications apparatus which is on,

 

under or over the land,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The code will deal with cases where apparatus has already been installed on land. Amendments

 

12, 13 and 14 therefore provide for installing apparatus and keeping apparatus on land to be

 

treated separately, and for rights described in sub-paragraphs (c), (ca) and (d) to be described

 

consistently with this.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  83,  line  2,  leave out from “installation” to end of line 4 and insert

 

“of electronic communications apparatus on, under or over the land or elsewhere;

 

(ca)    

to carry out any works on the land for or in connection with the

 

maintenance, adjustment, alteration, repair, upgrading or operation of

 

electronic communications apparatus which is on, under or over the

 

land or elsewhere,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The code will deal with cases where apparatus has already been installed on land. Amendments

 

12, 13 and 14 therefore provide for installing apparatus and keeping apparatus on land to be

 

treated separately, and for rights described in sub-paragraphs (c), (ca) and (d) to be described

 

consistently with this.

 

Matt Hancock

 

15

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  86,  line  26,  leave out “The reference in sub-paragraph (2)” and

 

insert “A reference in this code”


 
 

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Member’s explanatory statement

 

This applies the extended meaning of “means of access to or from land” across the code. It is

 

consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

16

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  95,  line  2,  after “36” insert “or as mentioned in paragraph

 

38A(1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 37.

 

Matt Hancock

 

17

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  95,  line  10,  leave out “or” and insert “and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 36.

 

Matt Hancock

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  102,  line  1,  leave out “with an interest in land”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 37.

 

Matt Hancock

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  102,  line  3,  at end insert “or the restoration of land,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 38.

 

Matt Hancock

 

20

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  102,  line  6,  after “removal” insert “of apparatus or restoration of

 

land”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 38.

 

Matt Hancock

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  102,  line  14,  after “never” insert “since the coming into force of

 

this code”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This provides for a condition for having a right to require removal of apparatus to be met if the

 

only right there has been to keep the apparatus on the land was a right that came to an end under

 

the code that Schedule 1 to the Bill replaces, or that ceased under that code to be binding on the

 

landowner.

 

Matt Hancock

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  102,  line  24,  at end insert “, or

 

( )    

where the right was granted by a lease to which Part 5 of this code does

 

not apply.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Part 5 of the code (termination of agreements creating code rights) does not apply to certain leases

 

governed by landlord and tenant law. The amendment provides for the ending of code rights under


 
 

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such a lease and under Part 5 to be treated in the same way for the purposes of rights to require

 

removal of apparatus.

 

Matt Hancock

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  103,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

This paragraph does not affect rights to require the removal of apparatus under

 

another enactment (see paragraph 38A).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 37.

 

Matt Hancock

 

24

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  103,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

“When does a landowner or occupier of neighbouring land have the right to require

 

removal of electronic communications apparatus?

 

36A(1)  

A landowner or occupier of any land (“neighbouring land”) has the right to

 

require the removal of electronic communications apparatus on, under or over

 

other land if both of the following conditions are met.

 

      (2)  

The first condition is that the exercise by an operator in relation to the

 

apparatus of a right mentioned in paragraph 13(1) interferes with or obstructs

 

a means of access to or from the neighbouring land.

 

      (3)  

The second condition is that the landowner or occupier of the neighbouring

 

land is not bound by a code right within paragraph 3(f) entitling an operator to

 

cause the interference or obstruction.

 

      (4)  

A landowner of neighbouring land who is not the occupier of the land does not

 

meet the second condition if—

 

(a)    

the land is occupied by a person who—

 

(i)    

conferred a code right (which is in force) entitling an operator

 

to cause the interference or obstruction, or

 

(ii)    

is otherwise bound by such a right, and

 

(b)    

that code right was not conferred in breach of a covenant enforceable

 

by the landowner.

 

      (5)  

In the application of sub-paragraph (4)(b) to Scotland the reference to a

 

covenant enforceable by the landowner is to be read as a reference to a

 

contractual term which is so enforceable.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

New paragraph 36A makes provision for a landowner or occupier of neighbouring land to have a

 

right to require removal of apparatus that obstructs or interferes with a means of access to that

 

land.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  103,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

  “(1A)  

A landowner or occupier of neighbouring land may by notice require an

 

operator to disclose whether—

 

(a)    

the operator owns electronic communications apparatus on, under or

 

over land that forms (or, but for the apparatus, would form) a means

 

of access to the neighbouring land, or uses such apparatus for the

 

purposes of the operator’s network, or


 
 

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(b)    

the operator has the benefit of a code right entitling the operator to

 

keep electronic communications apparatus on, under or over land that

 

forms (or, but for the apparatus, would form) a means of access to the

 

neighbouring land.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24. Paragraph 37(1A) provides for a landowner or occupier

 

of neighbouring land to have the rights in paragraph 37 to require an operator to disclose whether

 

it owns apparatus or has code rights relevant to the neighbouring land.

 

Matt Hancock

 

26

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  103,  line  33,  after “(1)” insert “or (1A)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

27

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  103,  line  34,  after “landowner” insert “or occupier”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

28

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  103,  line  37,  after “landowner” insert “or occupier”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

29

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  103,  line  38,  after “landowner” insert “or occupier”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

30

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  103,  line  47,  after “landowner” insert “or occupier”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

31

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  104,  line  2,  leave out from beginning to “requiring” in line 9 and

 

insert—

 

    “(1)  

The right of a landowner or occupier to require the removal of electronic

 

communications apparatus on, under or over land, under paragraph 36 or 36A,

 

is exercisable only in accordance with this paragraph.

 

      (2)  

The landowner or occupier may give a notice to the operator whose apparatus

 

it is”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment clarifies that a landowner or occupier can require removal of electronic

 

communications apparatus only in accordance with the procedure set out in paragraph 38.


 
 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  104,  line  23,  after “landowner” insert “or occupier”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

33

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  104,  line  33,  after “landowner” insert “or occupier”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

34

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  104,  line  40,  after “landowner” insert “or occupier”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

35

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  104,  line  41,  after “landowner” insert “or occupier”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

36

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  104,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

On an application under sub-paragraph (6) or (7) the court may not make an

 

order in relation to apparatus if an application under paragraph 19(3) has been

 

made in relation to the apparatus and has not been determined.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This provides that the court cannot order removal of apparatus under Part 6 of the code if there is

 

an outstanding application under paragraph 19 (to keep the apparatus installed) that has not been

 

determined.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  104,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“How are other rights to require removal of apparatus enforced?

 

38A(1)  

The right of a person (a “third party”) under an enactment other than this code,

 

or otherwise than under an enactment, to require the removal of electronic

 

communications apparatus on, under or over land is exercisable only in

 

accordance with this paragraph.

 

      (2)  

The third party may give a notice to the operator whose apparatus it is,

 

requiring the operator—

 

(a)    

to remove the apparatus, and

 

(b)    

to restore the land to its condition before the apparatus was placed on,

 

under or over the land.

 

      (3)  

The notice must—

 

(a)    

comply with paragraph 85 (notices given by persons other than

 

operators), and


 
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