Session 2016-17
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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Thursday 10 November 2016

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: NC4

 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


 

Digital Economy Bill, As Amended


 

Note

 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause—


 
 

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

 

service providers

 

(1)    

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—

 

(a)    

in contravention of section 15(1), and

 

(b)    

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.

 

(2)    

A notice under subsection (1) must—

 

(a)    

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

 

regulator considers appropriate;

 

(b)    

provide such further particulars as the age-verification regulator

 

considers appropriate.

 

(3)    

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

 

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

 

(4)    

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

 

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

 

(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.

 

(6)    

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

 

summary conviction, to a fine.

 

(7)    

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

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Code of practice for commercial internet providers on online abuse

 

(1)    

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

 

commercial internet providers in dealing with online abuse.

 

(2)    

The code of practice must include guidance on—

 

(a)    

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

 

being victim of online abuse on its internet site;

 

(b)    

quality service standards expected of the commercial internet provider in

 

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

 

(c)    

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

 

under, where deemed appropriate.

 

(3)    

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


 
 

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(4)    

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

 

practice.

 

(5)    

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—

 

(a)    

Parliament,

 

(b)    

the Scottish Parliament,

 

(c)    

the National Assembly for Wales, and

 

(d)    

 the Northern Ireland Assembly.

 

(6)    

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

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Safety responsibilities of social media sites

 

(1)    

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.

 

(2)    

A person under subsection (1) must—

 

(a)    

undertake and publish an online safety impact assessment in respect of

 

their account holders,

 

(b)    

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

 

to physically harm an individual,

 

(c)    

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

 

or that could incite violence.”

 


 

Kevin Brennan

 

Louise Haigh

 

NC4

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Offence to use digital ticket purchasing software to purchase excessive

 

number of tickets

 

(1)    

A person commits an offence if he or she utilizes digital ticket purchasing

 

software to purchase tickets over and above the number permitted in the condition

 

of sale.

 

(2)    

A person commits an offence if he or she knowingly resells or offers to resell a

 

ticket that the person knows, or could reasonably suspect, was obtained using

 

digital ticket purchasing software and was acting in the course of a business.

 

(3)    

For the purposes of subsection (2) a person shall be treated as acting in the course

 

of a business if he or she does anything as a result of which he makes a profit or

 

aims to make a profit.


 
 

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(4)    

A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary

 

conviction to—

 

(a)    

imprisonment for a period not exceeding 51 weeks,

 

(b)    

a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or

 

(c)    

both.

 

(5)    

In this section—

 

(a)    

“digital ticket purchasing software” means any machine, device,

 

computer programme or computer software that, on its own or with

 

human assistance, bypasses security measures or access control systems

 

on a retail ticket purchasing platform that assist in implementing a limit

 

on the number of tickets that can be purchased, to purchase tickets.

 

(b)    

“retail ticket purchasing platform” shall mean a retail ticket purchasing

 

website, application, phone system, or other technology platform used to

 

sell tickets.”

 

(6)    

Subsections (1) and (2) shall apply in respect of anything done whether in the

 

United Kingdom or elsewhere.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause creates an offence to use digital ticket purchasing software to purchase tickets for

 

an event over and above the number permitted in the condition of sale. It also creates an offence

 

to knowingly resell tickets using such software.

 

 


 

Kit Malthouse

 

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

 

“(13)    

Where a person is—

 

(a)    

based in a country outside the United Kingdom, and

 

(b)    

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.

 

(14)    

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.

 

(15)    

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.”

 


 
 

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

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

 

2016]

 

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

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

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

 

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

 

3.    

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

 

4.    

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.

 

5.    

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

 

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

 

6.    

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

 

proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading.

 

Other proceedings

 

7.    

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 10 November 2016