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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 20 October 2016

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Digital Economy Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [11 October 2016, as

 

amended on 18 October 2016].

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

That the Order of the Committee of 11 October be amended as follows—

 

 

(1) In paragraph (1), after sub-paragraph (f) insert—

 


 

      “(g) at 9.25 am on Tuesday 1 November;”.

 


 

  (2) In paragraph (4), for “5.00 pm on Thursday 27 October” substitute “11.25 am on

 

     Tuesday 1 November”.

 

 


 

Calum Kerr

 

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Clause  3,  page  2,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(db)    

require a communications provider to allow an end-user to terminate a

 

contract on repeatedly failing to meet a specific standard or obligation;”


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 20 October 2016                  

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Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

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Clause  3,  page  2,  line  35,  after “obligation”, add “within reasonable timescales”

 

insert”

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

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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

 

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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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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

 

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

 

insert “A reference in this code”

 

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.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 20 October 2016                  

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Matt Hancock

 

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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

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 36.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

removal of apparatus.


 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

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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

 

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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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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

 

(b)    

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

 

keep electronic communications apparatus on, under or over land that


 
 

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

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

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 25.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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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.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 20 October 2016                  

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Matt Hancock

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 24.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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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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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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(b)    

specify the period within which the operator must complete the works.

 

      (4)  

The period specified under sub-paragraph (3) must be a reasonable one.

 

      (5)  

Within the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which notice under

 

sub-paragraph (2) is given, the operator may give the third party notice

 

(“counter-notice”)—

 

(a)    

stating that the third party is not entitled to require the removal of the

 

apparatus, or

 

(b)    

specifying the steps which the operator proposes to take for the

 

purpose of securing a right as against the third party to keep the

 

apparatus on the land.

 

      (6)  

If the operator does not give counter-notice within that period, the third party

 

is entitled to enforce the removal of the apparatus.

 

      (7)  

If the operator gives the third party counter-notice within that period, the third

 

party may enforce the removal of the apparatus only in pursuance of an order

 

of the court that the third party is entitled to enforce the removal of the

 

apparatus.

 

      (8)  

If the counter-notice specifies steps under paragraph (5)(b), the court may

 

make an order under sub-paragraph (7) only if it is satisfied—

 

(a)    

that the operator is not intending to take those steps or is being

 

unreasonably dilatory in taking them; or

 

(b)    

that taking those steps has not secured, or will not secure, for the

 

operator as against the third party any right to keep the apparatus

 

installed on, under or over the land or to re-install it if it is removed.

 

      (9)  

Where the third party is entitled to enforce the removal of the apparatus, under

 

sub-paragraph (6) or under an order under sub-paragraph (7), the third party

 

may make an application to the court for—

 

(a)    

an order under paragraph 39(1) (order requiring operator to remove

 

apparatus etc), or

 

(b)    

an order under paragraph 39(2) (order enabling third party to sell

 

apparatus etc).

 

    (10)  

If the court makes an order under paragraph 39(1), but the operator does not

 

comply with the agreement imposed on the operator and the third party by

 

virtue of paragraph 39(5), the third party may make an application to the court

 

for an order under paragraph 39(2).

 

    (11)  

An order made on an application under this paragraph need not include

 

provision within paragraph 39(1)(b) or (2)(d) unless the court thinks it

 

appropriate.

 

    (12)  

Sub-paragraph (9) is without prejudice to any other method available to the

 

third party for enforcing the removal of the apparatus.

 

How does paragraph 38A apply if a person is entitled to require apparatus to be altered

 

in consequence of street works?

 

38B(1)  

This paragraph applies where the third party’s right in relation to which

 

paragraph 38A applies is a right to require the alteration of the apparatus in

 

consequence of the stopping up, closure, change or diversion of a street or road

 

or the extinguishment or alteration of a public right of way.

 

      (2)  

The removal of the apparatus in pursuance of paragraph 38A constitutes

 

compliance with a requirement to make any other alteration.

 

      (3)  

A counter-notice under paragraph 38A(5) may state (in addition to, or instead

 

of, any of the matters mentioned in paragraph 38A(5)(b)) that the operator

 

requires the third party to reimburse the operator in respect of any expenses

 

incurred by the operator in or in connection with the making of any alteration

 

in compliance with the requirements of the third party.


 
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