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

470

Clause     373,     page     318,     leave out lines 31 to 42.


   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

25

Clause     377,     page     320,     line     25,     at end insert 'and broadcast radio and television services'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

26

Clause     377,     page     320,     line     36,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   Any report to the Secretary of State on a review carried out prior to the coming into force of section [broadcasting public interest considerations] must set out OFCOM's recommendations on whether that section ought to be brought into force.

    (4B)   Any report to the Secretary of State on a review carried out after the coming into force of section [broadcasting public interest considerations] must set out OFCOM's recommendations on the exercise by the Secretary of State of his powers under Part 3 of the Enterprise Act in connection with broadcast radio and television services.'.


   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

524

Clause     378,     page     321,     line     4,     after 'in', insert—

      (a) entertaining a complaint that may lead to a penalty;

      (b) considering such a complaint;

      (c) determining whether a penalty should be imposed;

      (d) '.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

525

Clause     378,     page     321,     line     19,     after 'determining', insert—

      (a) whether to entertain a complaint that may lead to a penalty;

      (b) the consideration of such a complaint;

      (c) whether a penalty should be imposed;

      (d) '.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

309

Schedule     17,     page     465,     line     45,     at end insert—

    '( ) In subsection (4), for "specified under subsection (3) shall include" there shall be substituted "must include provision for".'.

   

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

123

Schedule     17,     page     472,     line     42,     at end insert—

'Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967

    36A   In Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (departments and authorities subject to investigation), there shall be inserted (at the appropriate place in alphabetical order) the following entry—

      Office of Communications".'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

310

Schedule     17,     page     498,     line     18,     at end insert—

            '( )   in subsection (2)(b), for "the issue or renewal of the licence" there shall be substituted "the issue of the licence or the making of the grant";'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

311

Schedule     17,     page     498,     line     20,     leave out 'and'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

312

Schedule     17,     page     498,     line     22,     at end insert 'and

            ( )   in subsection (5), at the end there shall be inserted "or any grant of recognised spectrum access made in accordance with regulations under section 3A".'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley

305

Schedule     17,     page     498,     line     40,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The provisions of subsection (2) shall not apply to charges in respect of grants of recognised spectrum access.'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

273

Schedule     18,     page     508,     line     15,     leave out '17' and insert '16'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

445

Schedule     18,     page     521,     line     7,     at end insert—

      'Applications for extension of pre-transfer licences

    41A (1) Section 247(2B)(a) does not prevent the determination by OFCOM of a day falling less than one year after the making of the determination where—

            (a)   OFCOM consider that the day by which they would need to publish a notice is a day which is not more than 15 months after the commencement date; and

            (b)   the determination of that day is made as soon as practicable after the commencement date.

    (2) Where the day determined by OFCOM for the purposes of paragraph (b) of section 247(2A) is a day in the period of three months beginning with the day after the determination, that paragraph shall have effect as if for the words "three months before" there were substituted "on".

    (3) In this paragraph, the "commencement date" is the date on which section 247 comes into force.

      Applications for renewal of licences under 1990 Act and 1996 Act

    41B (1) A provision set out in sub-paragraph (2) does not prevent the determination by OFCOM of a date falling less than one year after the making of the determination where—

            (a)   OFCOM consider that the relevant date for the purposes of the section in question is a date which is not more than 15 months after the commencement date; and

            (b)   the determination of the relevant date is made as soon as practicable after the commencement date.

    (2) Those provisions are—

            (a)   section 53(12) of the 1990 Act;

            (b)   section 103A(12) of the 1990 Act;

            (c)   section 104A(14) of the 1990 Act;

            (d)   section 16(12A) of the 1996 Act;

            (e)   section 58(12A) of the 1996 Act.

    (3) An application which is made before the commencement date in accordance with a provision set out in sub-paragraph (5) shall be treated after that date as if it had been made in accordance with that provision as amended by this Act.

    (4) Where, in a case where a provision set out in sub-paragraph (5) applies, the relevant date for the purposes of the section in question is a date in the period of three months beginning with—

            (a)   the commencement date, or

            (b)   the day after the day on which the relevant date is determined,

    that provision shall have effect as if the words "the day falling three months before" were omitted.

    (5) Those provisions are—

            (a)   section 53(2) of the 1990 Act;

            (b)   section 103A(2) of the 1990 Act;

            (c)   section 104A(3) of the 1990 Act;

            (d)   section 16(3) of the 1996 Act;

            (e)   section 58(3) of the 1996 Act.

    (6) In this paragraph, the "commencement date", in relation to any provision set out in sub-paragraph (2) or (5) is the date on which the provision of Schedule 15 inserting or amending that provision comes into force.'.

   

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

270

Schedule     18,     page     525,     line     11,     leave out 'and OFCOM'.


   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

381

Schedule     19,     page     527,     leave out lines 37 to 39.

   

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

45

Schedule     19,     page     531,     line     7,     at end insert—

       'Section 32(9).'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

446

Schedule     19,     page     531,     line     19,     column 2,     at end insert—

      'In section 53(4), the words "before the relevant date".'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

447

Schedule     19,     page     532,     line     6,     column 2,     after 'subsection (3),', insert 'the words "before the relevant date",'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

448

Schedule     19,     page     532,     line     7,     column 2,     at end insert—

      '(aa) in subsection (8), the words from "(whether because" to "any other reason)";'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

408

Schedule     19,     page     533,     leave out lines 28 to 30.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

409

Schedule     19,     page     533,     line     31,     leave out '(2) and'.

   

Nick Harvey

433

Schedule     19,     page     533,     line     32,     leave out '(2) and (3)'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley

170

Schedule     19,     page     533,     leave out line 40.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

449

Schedule     19,     page     535,     line     18,     column 2,     at end insert—

      'In section 16(6), the words "before the relevant date".'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

450

Schedule     19,     page     535,     line     39,     column 2,     leave out 'Section 58(5).' and insert—

        'In section 58—

      (a) subsection (5);

      (b) in subsection (6), the words "before the relevant date".'.


NEW CLAUSES

Broadcasting public interest considerations

   

Mr Andrew Lansley
Nick Harvey

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Section 58 of the Enterprise Act (c. 40) (specified considerations) shall be amended as follows.

    (2)   After subsection (2), there shall be inserted—

          "(2A)   The need for—

          (a) accurate and impartial presentation of news and factual content in television and radio programming; and

          (b) free expression of opinion in broadcast television and radio services

        is specified in this section.

          (2B)   The need for, to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable, a plurality of views in broadcasting television and radio services is specified in this section.".'.

 
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