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Friday 6th December 2002


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STANDING COMMITTEE E

COMMUNICATIONS BILL


Dr Kim Howells To move, That the order in which proceedings in Standing Committee on the Communications Bill are to be taken shall be Clauses 1 and 2, Schedule 1, Clauses 3 to 26, Schedule 2, Clauses 27 to 59, Clauses 61 to 70, Clauses 73 to 102, Schedule 3, Clauses 103 to 114, Schedule 4, Clauses 115 to 152, Clause 154, Schedule 5, Clauses 155 to 157, Clauses 159 to 169, Clauses 173 to 175, Schedule 6, Clauses 176 and 177, Schedule 7, Clauses 178 to 187, Schedule 8, Clauses 188 to 194, Schedule 9, Clauses 195 to 214, Schedule 10, Clauses 215 to 237, Clause 153, Clauses 170 to 172, Clauses 238 to 263, Clause 60, Clauses 71 and 72, Clauses 264 to 284, Schedule 11, Clauses 285 to 326, Schedule 12, Clauses 327 to 333, Schedule 13, Clauses 334 to 337, Schedule 14, Clauses 338 to 346, Schedule 15, Clauses 347 to 375, Schedule 16, Clauses 376 to 386, Clause 158, Clauses 387 to 391, Schedules 17 to 19, Clauses 392 to 395, New Clauses, New Schedules and remaining proceedings on the Bill.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

1

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     3,     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1)   It shall be the principal duty of OFCOM to further the interests of consumers in relevant markets, where appropriate by promoting competition.

    (1A)   It shall further be the duty of OFCOM, in carrying out their functions—

      (a) to secure the optimal use for wireless telegraphy of the electro-magnetic spectrum;

      (b) to secure the availability throughout the United Kingdom of a range of television and radio services which (taken as a whole) are of high quality, sufficient to appeal to a variety of tastes and interests, and of a plurality of views sufficient to meet the diverse interests of citizens; and

      (c) to secure that standards falling with subsection (2) are applied in the case of all television and radio services.'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

150

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     3,     at beginning insert—

    '( )   It shall be the principal duty of OFCOM to promote and further the interests of consumers and citizens'.

   

Brian White

195

*Clause     3,     page     3,     line     3,     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

       'It shall be the principal duty of OFCOM in carrying out its functions—

      (a) to further the long-term interests of all citizens

      (i) by ensuring the availability of a diversity and plurality of high quality content in television and radio;

      (ii) to secure that standards falling within subsection (2) are applied in the case of all television and radio services;

      (iii) to secure the optimal use of wireless telegraphy of the electromagnetic spectrum; and

      (b) to further the long-term interests of consumers by promoting the efficiency of electronic communications networks and services, and broadcasting

       and to do so wherever possible by promoting effective competition in national, regional and local communication markets throughout the United Kingdom.'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

151

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     3,     after 'the', insert 'further'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

130

Clause     3,     page     3,     leave out lines 4 to 13 and insert 'to further the interests of consumers and citizens—

      (a) wherever possible by promoting effective competition;

      (b) by securing the optimal use for wireless telegraphy of the electromagnetic spectrum;

      (c) by securing the universal availability of a wide range of diverse and high quality communications services throughout the United Kingdom; and

      (d) by securing standards falling within subsection (2) which are applied in the case of all television and radio services.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

29

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     4,     leave out 'where appropriate by promoting competition'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

124

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     13,     at end insert—

      '(e) to secure, so far as practicable and in the manner that best takes account of the need to protect personal data, in order to protect copyrighted content, and to empower parents to protect children from harmful content, that open standards for technological security systems are established and implemented.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

127

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     13,     at end insert—

      '(e) to protect and promote the interest of citizens.'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

173

*Clause     3,     page     3,     line     13,     at end insert—

      '(d) to ensure that public service analogue television or radio services are not terminated unless at least 95 per cent. of the populations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have access to a robust digital signal.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

27

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     13,     at end insert 'and in carrying out their functions, OFCOM shall have regard to the priinciples under which regulatory activities should be transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent and targeted only at cases in which action is needed'.

   

Brian White

196

*Clause     3,     page     3,     line     20,     at end insert 'In performing their duties under subsection (1), OFCOM must observe the principles under which regulatory activities should be transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent and targeted only at cases in which action is needed.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

48

Clause     3,     page     3,     leave out lines 21 to 23 and insert—

    '(3)   It shall also be the duty of OFCOM in carrying out their functions, and in the performance of their duties under subsection (1), to comply with the principles of good regulation, namely that regulatory activities should be transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent and targeted only at cases in which action is needed.

    (3A)   Subject to subsection (3), it shall be the duty of OFCOM in carrying out their functions, and in the performance of their duties under subsection (1), to have regard in particular to such of the following as appear to them to be relevant in the circumstances—'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

153

Clause     3,     page     3,     leave out lines 21 to 23 and insert 'It shall also be the duty of OFCOM in carrying out their functions, and in the performance of their duties under subsection (1), to comply, except where issues of national security preclude compliance, with the principles of good regulation, namely that regulatory activities should be transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent and targeted only at cases in which action is needed.

    (3A)   Subject to subsection (3), it shall be the duty of OFCOM in carrying out their functions, and in the performance of their duties under subsection (1) to have regard in particular to such of the following as appear to them to be relevant in the circumstances.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

46

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     24     after 'promoting', insert 'long-term and sustainable'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

152

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     24,     at end insert—

      '(aa) the rights of the citizen to access services which inform, educate and entertain.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban
Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

28

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     25,     leave out paragraph (b).

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

47

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     32,     after 'encouraging', insert 'long-term and sustainable'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban
Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allen

138

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     43,     at end insert 'for equal or equivalent access to all forms of regulated communication'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

174

*Clause     3,     page     3,     line     48,     after 'Kingdom', insert 'with particular regard to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

175

*Clause     3,     page     3,     line     48,     at end insert—

      '(ll) the desirability of factual programming on international issues;'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban

125

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     3,     at end insert—

      '(n) the desirability of open standards for technological security systems to prevent unauthorised use of personal data and copyrighted content.'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

154

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     3,     at end insert—

      '(n) the desirability of promoting apparatus and services which are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible and to the greatest extent possible without the need for special adaptation or specialised design.'.

 
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