Amendments proposed to the Communications Bill - continued House of Commons

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Duty to establish and maintain Economic Panel
   

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

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM, in accordance with the following provisions of this section, to exercise their powers under paragraph 14 of the Schedule to the Office of Communications Act 2002 (c. 11) to establish and maintain a committee to be known as "the Economic Panel" to give advice to OFCOM on economic theory and practice in relation to the exercise of their functions under this Act and, in particular, in relation to the following matters—

      (a) the nature and operation of markets for electronic networks, electronic communications services and associated facilities;

      (b) the interests of providers of such networks, services and facilities as well as those of consumers;

      (c) the promotion of competition between such providers; and

      (d) economic regulatory policy.

    (2)   The arrangements made by OFCOM under this section must also secure that the Economic Panel are able, in addition to giving advice on the matters mentioned in subsection (1), to make arrangements for the carrying out of such research relevant to the giving of that advice as they think fit.

    (3)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM, in the carrying out of their functions, to consider and, to such extent as they think appropriate, to have regard to—

      (a) any advice given to OFCOM by the Economic Panel; and

      (b) any results notified to OFCOM of any research undertaken by that Panel.'.


Function of promoting inclusive design
   

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

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM to take such steps, and to enter into such arrangements, as appear to them calculated—

      (a) to bring about a better awareness and understanding of inclusive design principles, techniques and standards among—

      (i) the designers and manufacturers of apparatus designed or adapted for use in connection with electronic communications services or associated facilities; and

      (ii) the providers of electronic communications services;

      (b) to encourage the designers, manufacturers and service providers mentioned in paragraph (a) to adopt inclusive design principles and techniques in the development of new apparatus, facilities and services; and

      (c) to bring about a better public awareness and understanding of inclusive design in relation to electronic communications apparatus, facilities and services.

    (2)   References in this section to "inclusive design" are references to designs which result in 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.

    (3)   References in this section to electronic communications services includes websites.'.


Duty to publish and meet openness standards
   

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

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM to publish a statement setting out the standards they are proposing to meet with respect to openness in—

      (a) the carrying out of their different functions; and

      (b) providing reasons for any decision made to persons who, in their opinion, are likely to be affected by the matters to which it relates.

    (2)   OFCOM may, if they think fit, at any time revise the statement for the time being in force under this section.

    (3)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM in carrying out their functions to have regard to the statement for the time being in force under this section.

    (4)   Where OFCOM revise a statement under this section, they must publish the revision as soon as practicable.

    (5)   The publication under this section of a statement, or of a revision of a statement, must be in such manner as OFCOM consider appropriate for bringing it to the attention of the persons who, in their opinion, are likely to be affected by the matters to which it relates.

    (6)   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 the extent to which they have complied during that year with the standards set out under this section.'.


Industry consultation
   

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

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM to establish and maintain effective arrangements for consultation about the carrying out of their functions with—

      (a) suppliers in the markets for the services and facilities in relation to which OFCOM have functions;

      (b) suppliers in the markets for apparatus used in connection with any such services or facilities.

    (2)   The arrangements must include the establishment and maintenance of a panel of persons (in this Act referred to as "the Industry Consultative Panel") with the function of advising OFCOM.

    (3)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM, in the carrying out of their functions, to consider and, to such extent as they think appropriate, to have regard to the views given to OFCOM by the Industry Consultative Panel.

    (4)   The members of the Industry Panel shall be appointed by OFCOM and shall comprise a chairman and such other members as OFCOM may determine.'.


Duty to establish and maintain National Advisory Committees
   

Mr Simon Thomas

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM to establish and maintain National Advisory Committees for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    (2)   The Chair and membership of these committees shall be appointed by the Secretary of State.

    (3)   In making such appointments in respect of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State shall seek nominations from the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly respectively.

    (4)   The National Advisory Committees may review all of OFCOM's work in respect of their individual territories.

    (5)   The National Advisory Committees may issue such recommendations to OFCOM or the Secretary of State with respect to their territories as they see fit.

    (6)   The National Advisory Committees shall produce an annual report on their activities.'.


Definition of satellite packaging
   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   For the purposes of Part 3—

      (a) a satellite package is a facility by the use of which a person is able, at a place in the United Kingdom, to receive a satellite television service in an intelligible form; and

      (b) a satellite packager is a person who, in the course of carrying on a business, offers to supply such packages to members of the public.

    (2)   For the purposes of Part 3 a person supplies a satellite package to a member of the public if he confers an entitlement on that member of the public to have the package made available to him.

    (3)   In this section "satellite television service" means a service which—

      (a) consists in or involves the broadcasting of television programme services from a satellite; and

      (b) is used by a significant number of the persons by whom the broadcasts are received in an intelligible form as their principal means of receiving television programmes.'.


Notification requirements for satellite packagers
   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   A person shall not act as a designated satellite packager unless, before beginning to do so, he has given a notification to OFCOM of his intention to do so.

    (2)   For the purposes of this section—

      (a) a person acts as a designated satellite packager if he acts as a satellite packager of a description for the time being designated by OFCOM for those purposes; and

      (b) such a description may be framed by reference to any one or more of the following—

      (i) the manner in which a satellite packager acts as such;

      (ii) the circumstances of his so acting;

      (iii) the characteristics of the services included in his package;

      (iv) the programmes included in those services; and

      (v) any other factors that OFCOM consider appropriate.

    (3)   Where a person has given a notification for the purposes of subsection (1), he must, before ceasing to act as a designated satellite packager, give a notification to OFCOM of his intention to do so.

    (4)   A notification for the purposes of this section must—

      (a) be sent to OFCOM in such manner and form as OFCOM may require; and

      (b) contain all such information as OFCOM may require.

    (5)   Before—

      (a) making or withdrawing a designation for the purposes of this section,

      (b) imposing requirements under subsection (4), or

      (c) modifying requirements imposed under that subsection,

       OFCOM must consult such of the persons who, in their opinion, are likely to be affected by it as they think fit.

    (6)   OFCOM is only required to consult under subsection (5) about modifications that appear to them to be likely to have a significant impact on persons affected by them.

    (7)   Before making or withdrawing a designation for the purposes of this section OFCOM must also consult the Secretary of State.

    (8)   The way in which a designation for the purposes of this section or a requirement under subsection (4)—

      (a) is to be made or imposed, or

      (b) may be withdrawn or modified,

       is by a notice published in such manner as OFCOM consider appropriate for bringing the designation, requirement, withdrawal or modification to the attention of the persons who, in their opinion, are likely to be affected by it.

    (9)   Requirements imposed under subsection (4) may make different provision for different cases.

    (10)   Where a description of satellite packager is designated for the purposes of this section at a time when a person is already acting as such a packager—

      (a) his obligation under this section to give a notification before beginning to act as such a packager shall have effect as an obligation to give a notification within such period after the coming into force of the designation as may be specified in the notice in which the designation is contained; and

      (b) that notification is to be one stating that that person is already acting as a designated satellite packager (rather than it is his intention to do so).'.

 
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