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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 25 October 2016

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Digital Economy Bill


 

[First to Eighth SittingS]


 

Glossary

 

This document shows the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause.

 

The following terms are used:

 

Agreed to: agreed without a vote.

 

Agreed to on division: agreed following a vote.

 

Negatived: rejected without a vote.

 

Negatived on division: rejected following a vote.

 

Not called: debated in a group of amendments, but not put to a decision.

 

Not moved: not debated or put to a decision.

 

Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.

 

Not selected: not chosen for debate by the Chair.

 

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to

 

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.

 



 
 

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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.

 

 

Agreed to

 


 

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.

 

Agreed to

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

That the Order of the Committee of 11 October be amended as follows: in paragraph

 

(1)(c), leave out the words “and 2.00 pm”.

 

 

Agreed to

 


 

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”.

 

 

Agreed to

 


 

The following witnesses gave oral evidence:

 

StepChange

 

Citizens Advice

 

Dr Jerry Fishenden

 

OFCOM

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

 


 

Calum Kerr

 

Withdrawn  56

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  after “the” insert “upload and download”


 
 

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Not called  83

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  15,  after “services” insert “and mobile network coverage”

 

Calum Kerr

 

Negatived on division  57

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

In subsection (4) after “OFCOM” insert “, the devolved administrations in

 

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,”

 

Calum Kerr

 

Withdrawn  58

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  13,  leave out “The Secretary of State may” and insert

 

“Within 12 months of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of State shall”

 

Calum Kerr

 

Not called  59

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The report shall consider the comparative costs of introducing the universal

 

service order in rural and urban areas, and identify measures to ensure costs in

 

rural areas are not disproportionately higher than in urban areas.”

 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Negatived on division  82

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

“72B  

Universal service order: annual report

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must lay before each House of Parliament an annual report

 

about the implementation of the universal service order for all areas pursuant to

 

the provisions of this Act.

 

(2)    

The annual report must include information on—

 

(a)    

the number of premises that have been supplied with the minimum

 

download speed as specified in the USO secondary legislation

 

(b)    

the number of premises that have been required to cover some of the cost

 

of connection,

 

(c)    

of the premises in (b) the average cost of connection per premises

 

covered by residents, disaggregated by local authority area,

 

(d)    

the number of premises that have chosen not to be connected via the

 

universal service order after being provided with an estimate, and

 

(e)    

the amount of time on average it takes to provide an estimate and connect

 

a premise, disaggregated by local authority area.

 

(3)    

The annual report must be laid before each House of Parliament as soon as

 

practicable after 31 March each year.”

 

Clauses 1 and 2 Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

Calum Kerr

 

Negatived on division  60

 

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;”

 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Not called  84

 

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

 

insert”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 4 Agreed to.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  12

 

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

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  13

 

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

 

“(aa)    

to keep installed electronic communications apparatus which is on,

 

under or over the land,”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  14

 

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,”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  15

 

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

 

insert “A reference in this code”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  16

 

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

 

38A(1)”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  17

 

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


 
 

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  18

 

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

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  19

 

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

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  20

 

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

 

land”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  21

 

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

 

this code”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  22

 

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.”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  23

 

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).”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  24

 

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


 
 

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(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.”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  25

 

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

 

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

 

neighbouring land.”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  26

 

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

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  27

 

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

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  28

 

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

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  29

 

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

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  30

 

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

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  31

 

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”

 

Matt Hancock

 

Agreed to  32

 

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


 
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