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

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

203

*Clause     3,     page     3,     line     14,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Brian White

196

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   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—

    '(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, 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.'.

   

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

204

*Clause     6,     page     7,     line     9,     after 'secured', insert ', or may be furthered or secured'.

   

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 communication 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).'.

 
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