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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 16th January 2003

STANDING COMMITTEE E


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COMMUNICATIONS BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [10th December].

   

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

283

Clause     199,     page     174,     line     11,     leave out from 'Authority' to end of line 14 and insert 'must use part of the signals carrying S4C to provide subtitling in relation to programmes included in the service and may use part of those signals to provide other services which are ancillary to programmes included in S4C and which are directly related to their contents.'.


   

Mr Calum MacDonald

384

Clause     203,     page     178,     line     19,     at end insert—

      '(d) the holding of licences to provide a service of Gaelic television and sound programmes so as to be available to persons in Scotland and elsewhere.'.

   

Mr Calum MacDonald

385

Clause     203,     page     178,     line     27,     at end insert—

    '(4C)   For the purpose of enabling the Service to carry out its functions, it shall be the duty of each of the persons mentioned in subsection (4D) to provide the Service, free of charge (including any charge arising from royalty payments), with at least 52 hours of new Gaelic programmes per year, with material from their archives, and, in the case of the BBC, with no less than 30 hours of new Gaelic radio programmes per week.

    (4D)   The persons referred to in subsection (4C) are—

      (a) the BBC,

      (b) any holder of a Channel 3 licence to provide a regional Channel 3 service for reception wholly in Scotland, and

      (c) such other persons providing television broadcasting services as may be specified by order by the Secretary of State.'.

   

Mr Calum MacDonald

386

Clause     203,     page     179,     line     2,     at end add—

      '(5) The Gaelic Television Fund shall be linked to the retail prices index.'.


   

Mr Calum MacDonald

387

Clause     204,     page     179,     line     13,     leave out subsection (5).

   

Mr Calum MacDonald

388

Clause     204,     page     179,     line     17,     at end insert—

      '(d) a member nominated by SDN'.


   

Mr Calum MacDonald

389

Clause     205,     page     180,     line     21,     after 'Service', insert 'or of any organisation which receives funding from the Service'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

360

Clause     209,     page     182,     line     19,     leave out '31st December 2014' and insert 'the initial expiry date'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

361

Clause     211,     page     185,     line     36,     leave out '31st December 2014' and insert 'the initial expiry date'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

362

Clause     213,     page     187,     line     1,     leave out from 'as' to end of line and insert 'Channel 4, S4C and one or more Channel 3 services are'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

363

Clause     213,     page     187,     line     2,      at end insert—

    '(2A)   The service, if licensed to do so in accordance with section 214, may continue to include an analogue teletext service after it is no longer required under subsection (2)(b) to include such a service.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

364

Clause     213,     page     187,     line     3,      after 'be' insert 'or may be'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

365

Clause     214,     page     187,     line     38,     leave out '31st December 2014' and insert 'the initial expiry date'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

366

Clause     217,     page     191,     line     22,     leave out '31st December 2014' and insert 'the initial expiry date'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

367

Clause     219,     page     192,     line     8,     leave out 'second' and insert 'any subsequent'.

   

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

391

Clause     219,     page     192,     line     11,     leave out from 'begins' to 'and' and insert 'on the date on which the replacement licence comes into force'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

368

Clause     219,     page     192,     line     16,     leave out subsection (3) and insert—

    '(3)   For the purposes of this section a subsequent review period in the case of a replacement licence is so much (if any) of the following period as falls before the end of the initial expiry date, namely, the period which—

      (a) begins four years before a subsequent notional expiry date; and

      (b) ends with the day before the day that OFCOM have determined to be the one by which they would need to publish a tender notice if they were proposing to grant a fresh licence to take effect from that notional expiry date.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

369

Clause     219,     page     192,     line     29,     leave out from beginning to end of line 31.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

370

Clause     219,     page     193,     line     4,     leave out from beginning to end of line 11 and insert—

       '"subsequent notional expiry date", in relation to a replacement licence, means—

      (a) in a case in which an application by the licence holder for a review under this section was made during the review period beginning four years before the last notional expiry date, the tenth anniversary of the date on which OFCOM's determination on that review was notified to the licence holder; and

      (b) in any other case, the tenth anniversary of the last notional expiry date;'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

371

Clause     222,     page     195,     line     8,     leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) and insert 'must not fall before whichever is the earlier of—

      (a) the next notional expiry date after the application for the review; and

      (b) the end of the licensing period in which that application was made.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

372

Clause     222,     page     195,     line     31,     leave out from beginning to end of line 32.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

373

Clause     222,     page     195,     line     35,     leave out '31st December 2014' and insert 'the initial expiry date'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

374

Clause     222,     page     195,     line     37,     at end add—

'"notional expiry date' means a first or subsequent notional expiry date within the meaning of section 219.'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

375

Clause     223,     page     196,     line     12,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   Where the Secretary of State makes an order under section [Meaning of "initial expiry date"] after receiving a report under this section in anticipation of the end of the licensing period that is extended by the order—

      (a) he may require OFCOM to prepare a supplementary report in the light of the postponement of the beginning of the next licensing period; and

      (b) it shall be the duty of OFCOM, within such period as may be specified by the Secretary of State, to prepare the required supplementary report and to submit it to him.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

376

Clause     223,     page     196,     line     21,     leave out '31st December 2014' and insert 'the initial expiry date'.


   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

304

Clause     224,     page     196,     line     33,     leave out from 'section' to end of line 35.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

377

Clause     224,     page     196,     line     41,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The Secretary of State is not to make an order under this section preventing the renewal of licences from the end of the initial licensing period unless he has fixed a date before the end of that period as the date for digital switchover.

    (3B)   Where the Secretary of State postpones the date for digital switchover after making an order under this section preventing the renewal of licences from the end of the initial licensing period, the order shall have effect only if the date to which digital switchover is postponed falls before the end of that period.

    (3C)   Subsection (3B) does not affect the power of the Secretary of State to make another order under this section after postponing the date for digital switchover.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

378

Clause     224,     page     197,     line     12,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   Subsection (8) of section [Meaning of "initial expiry date"] applies for construing references in this section to the date for digital switchover as it applies for the purposes of that section.'.

 
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