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Friday 4 November 2016


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Amendments tabled since the last publication: NC2-NC3


Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


Digital Economy Bill, As Amended




This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any


withdrawn amendments at the end.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


order in which they relate to the Bill.



New Clauses


Claire Perry


Mr David Burrowes


Fiona Bruce


Derek Thomas


Jeremy Lefroy


Caroline Ansell

Heidi Allen

Andrew Selous

Mr Iain Duncan Smith

Mrs Maria Miller

Fiona Mactaggart

Thangam Debbonaire

Mark Durkan

Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson

Calum Kerr

Sammy Wilson




To move the following Clause—


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“Power to require the blocking of access to pornographic material by internet


service providers



Where the age-verification regulator determines that a person has made


pornographic material available on a commercial basis on the internet to persons


in the United Kingdom—



in contravention of section 15(1), and



the person has been the subject of a financial penalty or enforcement


notice under section 20 and the contravention has not ceased,



the age-verification regulator may issue a notice to internet service providers


requiring them to prevent access to the pornographic material that is provided by


the non-complying person.



A notice under subsection (1) must—



identify the non-complying person in such manner as the age verification


regulator considers appropriate;



provide such further particulars as the age-verification regulator


considers appropriate.



When the age-verification regulator gives notice under this section, it must


inform the non-complying person, by notice, that it has done so.



An internet service provider who fails to comply with a requirement imposed by


subsection (1) commits an offence, subject to subsection (5).



No offence is committed under subsection (4) if the internet service provider took


all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to ensure that the requirement


would be complied with.



An internet service provider guilty of an offence under subsection (4) is liable, on


summary conviction, to a fine.



In this section “internet service provider” has the same meaning as in section


124N of the Communications Act 2003 (interpretation).”


Member’s explanatory statement


This new clause gives a power to the age-verification regulator to require internet service


providers to block pornography websites that do not offer age-verification.



Liz Saville Roberts


Jonathan Edwards


Hywel Williams




Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—



“Code of practice for commercial internet providers on online abuse



The relevant Minister must issue a code of practice about the responsibilities of


commercial internet providers in dealing with online abuse.



The code of practice must include guidance on—



how a commercial internet provider shall respond to cases of a person


being victim of online abuse on its internet site;



quality service standards expected of the commercial internet provider in


determining, assessing, and responding to cases of online abuse; and


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the setting and enforcement of privacy settings of persons aged 17 or


under, where deemed appropriate.



A commercial internet provider must comply with the code of practice.



The relevant Minister may from time to time revise and re-issue the code of





As soon as is reasonably practicable after issuing or reissuing the code of practice


the relevant Minister must lay, or arrange for the laying of, a copy of it before—






the Scottish Parliament,



the National Assembly for Wales, and



 the Northern Ireland Assembly.



In this section “commercial internet provider” means a person who operates an


internet site on a commercial basis.”



Liz Saville Roberts


Jonathan Edwards


Hywel Williams




Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—



“Safety responsibilities of social media sites



This section applies to a person who operates an internet site for commercial


purposes which requires a user to create a personal account to fully access the


internet site.



A person under subsection (1) must—



undertake and publish an online safety impact assessment in respect of


their account holders,



inform the police if they become aware of any threat on its internet site


to physically harm an individual,



remove any posts made on its internet site that are deemed to be violent


or that could incite violence.”




Kit Malthouse




Clause  20,  page  22,  line  26,  at end insert—



Where a person is—



based in a country outside the United Kingdom, and



refusing to comply with the requirements of the age-verification


regulator, the age-verification regulator shall notify Ofcom that the


relevant person is refusing to comply with its requirements.



Following a notification made under subsection (13), Ofcom shall direct internet


service providers in the United Kingdom to block public access to the material


made available by the person on the internet.


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An internet service provider that fails to comply with subsection (14) within a


reasonable period would be subject to financial penalties imposed by the age-


verification regulator under section 21.”



Order of the House [13 September 2016, as amended on 18 October




That the following provisions shall apply to the Digital Economy Bill:





The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.


Proceedings in Public Bill Committee



Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously


concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 1 November 2016.



The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on


which it meets.


Proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading



Proceedings on Consideration and any proceedings in legislative grand


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


conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which


proceedings on Consideration are commenced.



Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be


brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.



Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to


proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading.


Other proceedings



Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on


consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the


Lords) may be programmed.




Revised 04 November 2016