Amendments proposed to the Communications Bill - continued House of Commons

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

139

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     5,     after 'consumers', insert ', including disabled, elderly and low income consumers,'.

   

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

131

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     6,     leave out 'and value for money' and insert 'value for money, universal access, fairness, information and redress'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

155

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     6,     after 'service', insert 'access'.

   

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

132

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     13,     at end insert 'and publish the reasoning for the resolution of any conflict between their general duties.'.

   

Brian White

197

*Clause     3,     page     4,     line     13,     at end insert 'and make public the reasons for their actions'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

2

Clause     3,     page     4,     line     24,     at end add—

    '(9)   OFCOM's report under paragraph 12 of the Schedule to the Office of Communications Act 2002 (c. 11) (annual report) for each financial year must contain a statement by OFCOM summarising those circumstances where, in OFCOM's opinion, they have been required to reconcile general duties which have been in conflict with each other and how they have sought to do so in the circumstances.'.


   

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

30

Clause     4,     page     4,     line     44,     leave out from 'networks' to end of line 4 on page 5 and insert ', electronic communications services and associated facilities; and'.

   

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

31

Clause     4,     page     5,     line     32,     leave out from beginning to 'for' and insert 'with the standards mentioned in subsection (10) to such an extent as is strictly necessary'.

   

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

32

Clause     4,     page     5,     leave out line 36.


   

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

128

Clause     6,     page     7,     line     11,     at end insert—

      '(c) to seek the views of persons providing services and facilities in relation to which OFCOM have functions on which of these functions should be subject to review.'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

3

Clause     6,     page     7,     line     16,     leave out 'and'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

4

Clause     6,     page     7,     line     18,     at end insert 'and—

      (c) whether the procedures for self-regulation offer adequate opportunities for public scrutiny and for reporting on those activities to OFCOM, to the Secretary of State and to Parliament as appropriate.'.

   

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

50

Clause     6,     page     7,     line     18,     at end insert—

    '(c)   whether persons with sufficient commercial knowledge of the persons who may be subjected to the procedures are consulted.'.


   

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

51

Clause     7,     page     8,     line     4,     after 'apply', insert ', so long as it is not requested by a significant number of companies,'.

   

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

52

Clause     7,     page     8,     line     11,     after 'markets', insert 'or on major communications' users'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

5

Clause     7,     page     8,     line     23,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   An assessment carried out under this section shall include an assessment, as appropriate, of the impact of the proposal upon the general duties of OFCOM and, in particular, the furthering of the interests of consumers through competition as set out in section 3(1).'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

176

*Clause     7,     page     8,     line     23,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   If the part of the United Kingdom referred to in subsection (2)(c) is Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland OFCOM must consult with the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly before carrying out such an assessment.'.

   

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

53

Clause     7,     page     8,     line     26,     at end insert 'or are lead to believe is important for significant users'.

   

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

54

Clause     7,     page     8,     line     30,     leave out 'OFCOM's opinion' and insert 'a reasoned opinion by OFCOM'.

   

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

56

Clause     7,     page     9,     line     6,     leave out 'OFCOM's opinion' and insert 'a reasoned opinion by OFCOM'.


   

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

57

Clause     8,     page     9,     line     9,     after 'publish', insert ', and on an annual basis review,'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

6

Clause     8,     page     9,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   In relation to market power determinations under sections 75 to 79 or for a review under section 80, OFCOM shall not set a standard for completing such a determination in excess of six months, or as standard for a review in excess of four months.'.

   

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

33

Clause     8,     page     9,     line     23,     leave out 'have regard to' and insert 'comply with'.

   

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

58

Clause     8,     page     9,     line     23,     leave out from 'have' to end of line and insert 'due regard to the statement for the time being in force under this section with a view to compliance with the standards contained in it unless exceptional circumstances prevent this'.

   

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

59

Clause     8,     page     9,     line     23,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   It shall also be the duty of OFCOM to publish each year, as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of the previous year, a report of their performance during that year in relation to the promptness standards described in the statement under subsection (1).'

   

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

60

Clause     8,     page     9,     line     24,     after 'Where', insert ', following a review under subsection (1),'.


   

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

34

Clause     10,     page     10,     line     30,     at end insert 'and'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

158

Clause     10,     page     10,     line     34,     leave out second 'and'.

   

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

35

Clause     10,     page     10,     line     34,     leave out from 'put' to an end of line 37.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

159

Clause     10,     page     10,     line     37,     at end insert 'and;

      (f) to bring about, or to encourage others to bring about, a better public understanding of the educational and literarcy benefits of electronic media services for those with disabilities including subtitling for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio-description for persons who are blind or partially-sighted.'.

   

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

140

Clause     10,     page     10,     line     37,     at end insert—

      '(f) to promote awareness and understanding of the issues in paragraphs (a) to (e) above among people whose disabilities, age or personal circumstances might otherwise impede their access to information.'.


   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

7

Clause     11,     page     11,     line     8,     after 'OFCOM', insert—

      '(aa) a deputy chairman appointed by OFCOM;'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey
Mr Simon Thomas

9

Clause     11,     page     11,     line     11,     after 'chairman', insert 'and deputy chairman'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

171

*Clause     11,     page     11,     line     11,     leave out 'a non-executive member' and insert 'non-executive members'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

172

*Clause     11,     page     11,     line     12,     leave out 'is not' and insert 'neither is'.

 
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