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|Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill
This is the text of the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 30th March 2000.
Explanatory Notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, are published separately as Bill Bill 102- EN.
Mr Secretary Smith has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998:
In my view the provisions of the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill are compatible with the Convention rights.
Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill
B I L L
Make provision about the disclosure of certain information for purposes connected with television licences.
BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
|Disclosure of information.|| 1. - (1) The Secretary of State and the Northern Ireland department may, at the request of the BBC, supply the BBC with social security information.|
| (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the BBC includes any person providing the BBC with services in connection with television licences.|
| (3) In relation to the Secretary of State, "social security information" means information of a prescribed description held by him (or on his behalf) and obtained as a result, or for the purpose, of the exercise of functions of his in relation to social security or war pensions.|
| (4) In relation to the Northern Ireland department, "social security information" means information of a prescribed description held by the department (or on its behalf) and obtained as a result, or for the purpose, of the exercise of functions of the department in relation to social security.|
|Use to which information may be put.|| 2. - (1) Information provided under section 1 may be used only in connection with television licences for which no fee is payable or reduced-fee licences.|
| (2) "Reduced-fee licences" means television licences- |
|Offences.|| 3. - (1) A person to whom information is supplied under section 1 ("a recipient") is guilty of an offence if, without lawful authority, he discloses that information.|
| (2) A person who is or has been employed by a recipient, or engaged in the provision of services to a recipient, is guilty of an offence if, without lawful authority, he discloses information supplied to the recipient under section 1.|
| (3) It is not an offence under this section- |
| (4) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that at the time of the alleged offence he believed- |
|and he had no reasonable cause to believe otherwise.|
| (5) For the purposes of this section, a disclosure is to be regarded as made with lawful authority if, but only if, it is made- |
| (6) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable- |
|Interpretation.|| 4. In this Act- |
|Orders.|| 5. - (1) An order under this Act must be made by statutory instrument.|
| (2) Such an instrument shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.|
| (3) An order may make different provision in relation to different cases.|
|Short title and extent.|| 6. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Act 2000.|
| (2) This Act extends to Northern Ireland.|
|© Parliamentary copyright 2000||Prepared 30 March 2000|