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Notices of Amendments: 11 October 2016                  

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      (3)  

The relevant person does not have that right if—

 

(a)    

the land is occupied by a person who—

 

(i)    

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

 

to affect the condition of the land in the same way as the right

 

mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), 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 relevant person.

 

      (4)  

In the application of sub-paragraph (3)(b) to Scotland the reference to a

 

covenant enforceable by the relevant person is to be read as a reference to a

 

contractual term which is so enforceable.

 

      (5)  

A person who has the right conferred by this paragraph may give a notice to

 

the operator requiring the operator to restore the land to its condition before the

 

code right was exercised.

 

      (6)  

The notice must—

 

(a)    

comply with paragraph 85 (notices given by persons other than

 

operators), and

 

(b)    

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

 

      (7)  

The period specified under sub-paragraph (6) must be a reasonable one.

 

      (8)  

Sub-paragraph (9) applies if, within the period of 28 days beginning with the

 

day on which the notice was given, the landowner and the operator do not

 

reach agreement on any of the following matters—

 

(a)    

that the operator will restore the land to its condition before the code

 

right was exercised;

 

(b)    

the time at which or period within which the land will be restored.

 

      (9)  

The landowner may make an application to the court for—

 

(a)    

an order under paragraph 39(1A) (order requiring operator to restore

 

land), or

 

(b)    

an order under paragraph 39(2A) (order enabling landowner to recover

 

cost of restoring land).

 

    (10)  

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

 

comply with the agreement imposed on the operator and the landowner by

 

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

 

for an order under paragraph 39(2A).

 

    (11)  

In the application of sub-paragraph (2) to Scotland the reference to a person

 

who is the owner of the freehold estate in the land is to be read as a reference

 

to a person who is the owner of the land.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

New paragraph 38C makes provision about restoration of land where restoration does not involve

 

the removal of apparatus.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  1,  page  105,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

  “(1A)  

An order under this sub-paragraph is an order that the operator must, within the

 

period specified in the order, restore the land to its condition before the code

 

right was exercised.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 38.


 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  1,  page  105,  line  3,  after “landowner” insert “, occupier or third party”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendments 24 and 37.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  1,  page  105,  line  15,  after “landowner” insert “, occupier or third party”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendments 24 and 37.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  1,  page  105,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

  “(1A)  

An order under this sub-paragraph is an order that the landowner may recover

 

from the operator the costs of restoring the land to its condition before the code

 

right was exercised.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 38.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  1,  page  105,  line  15,  after “(1)” insert “or (1A)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 38.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  1,  page  105,  line  16,  after “paragraph” insert “on an application under

 

paragraph 38”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendments 24 and 37.

 

Matt Hancock

 

45

 

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Schedule  1,  page  105,  line  25,  after “landowner” insert “, occupier or third party”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendments 24 and 37.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  2,  page  138,  line  17,  leave out “under paragraph 2(1)” and insert “for the

 

purposes of paragraph 2 or 3”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This provides that the subsisting agreements covered by the transitional provisions in Schedule 2

 

include agreements under paragraph 3(1) of the existing code (agreement to confer a right to

 

obstruct access) as well as paragraph 2(1).


 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  2,  page  138,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

    “(2)  

A person who is bound by a right by virtue of paragraph 2(4) of the existing

 

code in consequence of a subsisting agreement is, after the new code comes

 

into force, treated as bound pursuant to Part 2 of the new code.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This provides that a person who was bound by a right pursuant to a subsisting agreement (see

 

paragraph 2(4) of the existing code) continues to be treated as bound by that agreement, under the

 

provisions of Part 2 of the new code (see paragraph 10 of the new code).

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  2,  page  138,  line  31,  after “are” insert “— (a)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 48, 49 and 50 are consequential on amendment 46 and provide for references in the

 

new code to a “code right” in relation to a subsisting agreement to have the corresponding

 

meaning depending on whether the agreement was for the purposes of paragraphs 2(1) or (3(1) of

 

the existing code.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  2,  page  138,  line  31,  leave out “the agreement” and insert “an agreement

 

for the purposes of paragraph 2 of the existing code”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 48, 49 and 50 are consequential on amendment 46 and provide for references in the

 

new code to a “code right” in relation to a subsisting agreement to have the corresponding

 

meaning depending on whether the agreement was for the purposes of paragraphs 2(1) or (3(1) of

 

the existing code.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  2,  page  138,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(b)    

in relation to land to which an agreement for the purposes of paragraph

 

3 of the existing code relates, a right to do the things mentioned in that

 

paragraph.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 48, 49 and 50 are consequential on amendment 46 and provide for references in the

 

new code to a “code right” in relation to a subsisting agreement to have the corresponding

 

meaning depending on whether the agreement was for the purposes of paragraphs 2(1) or (3(1) of

 

the existing code.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  2,  page  139,  line  11,  leave out sub-paragraph (1) and insert—

 

“5A(1)  

This paragraph applies in relation to a subsisting agreement, in place of

 

paragraph 28(2) to (4) of the new code.

 

      (2)  

Part 5 of the new code (termination and modification of agreements) does not

 

apply to a subsisting agreement that is a lease of land in England and Wales,

 

if—

 

(a)    

it is a lease to which Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

 

applies, and

 

(b)    

there is no agreement under section 38A of that Act (agreements to

 

exclude provisions of Part 2) in relation the tenancy.


 
 

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      (3)  

Part 5 of the new code does not apply to a subsisting agreement that is a lease

 

of land in England and Wales, if—

 

(a)    

the primary purpose of the lease is not to grant code rights (the rights

 

referred to in paragraph 3 of this Schedule), and

 

(b)    

there is an agreement under section 38A of the 1954 Act in relation the

 

tenancy.

 

      (4)  

Part 5 of the new code does not apply to a subsisting agreement that is a lease

 

of land in Northern Ireland, if it is a lease to which the Business Tenancies

 

(Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (SI 1996/725 (NI 5)) applies.

 

6    (1)  

Subject to paragraph 5A, Part 5 of the new code applies to a subsisting

 

agreement with the following modifications.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment provides for the interaction of landlord and tenant law and Part 5 of the new code

 

(termination and modification of agreements) in the case of subsisting agreements (see paragraph

 

1(4) of Schedule 2).

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  2,  page  140,  line  17,  leave out “the following provisions of this

 

paragraph” and insert “sub-paragraph (3)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 53.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  2,  page  140,  line  21,  leave out sub-paragraphs (4) to (10)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This relates to applications under paragraph 5(1) of the existing code (power of court to dispense

 

with need for required agreement). The effect of the amendment is that, if an application has been

 

made to the court before the new code comes into force, the procedures under the existing code

 

apply, but any resultant order takes effect as an order made under the new code.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Schedule  2,  page  142,  line  7,  leave out paragraphs 19 to 22 and insert—

 

“19A (1)  

This paragraph applies where before the repeal of the existing code comes into

 

force a person has given notice under paragraph 21(2) of that code requiring

 

the removal of apparatus.

 

      (2)  

The repeal does not affect the operation of paragraph 21 in relation to anything

 

done or that may be done under that paragraph following the giving of the

 

notice.

 

      (3)  

For the purposes of applying that paragraph after the repeal comes into force,

 

steps specified in a counter-notice under sub-paragraph (4)(b) of that

 

paragraph as steps which the operator proposes to take under the existing code

 

are to be read as including any corresponding steps that the operator could take

 

under the new code or by virtue of this Schedule.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment replaces transitional provisions for requiring the removal of apparatus. It

 

provides for paragraph 21 of the existing code to continue to apply if a notice under that paragraph

 

has been given, but treats an operator seeking rights to keep the apparatus installed as seeking

 

rights also under the new code or transitional provisions.

 



 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

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Page  143,  line  27,  leave out Schedule 3

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Schedule 3 is replaced by new Schedule NS1

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  23,  leave out “or transitory” and insert “, transitory or

 

saving”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment adds power to make saving provision in connection with the coming into force of

 

the new electronic communications code.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  8,  line  16,  leave out “imposed” and insert “specified”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment reflects the fact that a notification under new section 53E of the Wireless

 

Telegraphy Act 2006 will specify a penalty rather than imposing it.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Clause  8,  page  8,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The amount of any other penalty specified under this section is to be such amount,

 

not exceeding 10% of the relevant amount of gross revenue, as OFCOM think—

 

(a)    

appropriate, and

 

(b)    

proportionate to the contravention in respect of which it is imposed.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that the penalty based on the relevant amount of gross revenue applies

 

only where the daily default penalty specified under new section 53F(4) of the Wireless Telegraphy

 

Act 2006 does not apply.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  9,  line  21,  leave out subsection (1).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 3.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  9,  line  25,  leave out “this section” and insert “section 53F”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendments 3 and 4.


 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  12,  line  21,  after “penalty” insert “specified”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment brings new section 53L(5) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 into line with new

 

section 53F(5) of that Act.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  16,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In Schedule 8 to that Act (decisions not subject to appeal), at the end of paragraph

 

44 insert “for a relevant multiplex contravention”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This allows an appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal against a penalty imposed by OFCOM

 

under section 42 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 for a breach of a wireless telegraphy licence,

 

except where the breach relates only to broadcast content (in which case, as at present, an appeal

 

to the Tribunal will not be possible).

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  14,  page  17,  line  10,  leave out “and (8)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is consequential on amendment 11.

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  14,  page  17,  line  18,  leave out “Subsections (3A) and (3B)” and insert

 

“Section 41(7) and subsection (3B) above”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Subsection (3C), inserted in section 107 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 by the clause, lists

 

enactments displaced by the time limits mentioned in subsections (3A) and (3B). Subsection (3A)

 

merely refers to section 41(7), and the amendment substitutes a direct reference to that provision

 

for the reference to subsection (3A).

 

Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  14,  page  17,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“(3D)    

In relation to proceedings in Scotland, subsection (3) of section 136 of the

 

Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (date when proceedings deemed to be

 

commenced for the purposes of that section) applies also for the purposes of

 

section 41(7) and subsection (3B) above.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment adds provision about when proceedings in Scotland are deemed to be commenced

 

for the purposes of the time limits in section 41(7) and new subsection (3B) of section 107 of the

 

Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.


 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  14,  page  17,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

for subsection (8) substitute—

 

“(8)    

For further provision about prosecutions see section 107.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Existing section 41(8) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 applies to section 41(7) and is

 

superseded by section 107(3C) inserted by the clause (see amendment 9). Amendment 10 also

 

inserts provision applying to section 41(7) into section 107. Amendment 11 therefore substitutes a

 

subsection referring the reader to section 107.

 


 

New Schedule

 

Matt Hancock

 

NS1

 

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To move the following Schedule—

 

“Schedule

 

Electronic communications code: consequential amendments

 

Part 1

 

General provision

 

Interpretation

 

1          

In this Part—

 

“the commencement date” means the day on which Schedule 3A to the

 

Communications Act 2003 comes into force;

 

“enactment” includes—

 

(a)    

an enactment comprised in subordinate legislation within the

 

meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978,

 

(b)    

an enactment comprised in, or in an instrument made under, a

 

Measure or Act of the National Assembly for Wales,

 

(c)    

an enactment comprised in, or in an instrument made under, an

 

Act of the Scottish Parliament, and

 

(d)    

an enactment comprised in, or in an instrument made under,

 

Northern Ireland legislation;

 

“the existing code” means Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act

 

1984;

 

“the new code” means Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003.


 
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