Amendments proposed to the Communications Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

542

Clause     276,     page     243,     line     25,     leave out from beginning to end of line 27 and insert 'expenditure of the providers of Channel 3 services on Channel 3 programmes made in the United Kingdom is referable to programme production at different production centres outside the M25 area; and

      '( ) that the different programme production centres to which that expenditure is referable constitute what appears to OFCOM to be a suitable range of such production centres.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

543

Clause     276,     page     243,     line     31,     at end insert—

    '( )   The regulatory regime for Channel 5 includes the conditions that OFCOM consider appropriate for securing—

      (a) that what appears to OFCOM to be a suitable proportion of the programmes made in the United Kingdom for viewing on that Channel are programmes made in the United Kingdom outside the M25 area;

      (b) that the programmes for such viewing that are made in the United Kingdom outside the M25 area (taken together) constitute what appears to OFCOM to be a suitable range of programmes;

      (c) that what appears to OFCOM to be a suitable proportion of the expenditure of the provider of Channel 5 on programmes made in the United Kingdom for viewing on that Channel is referable to programme production at different production centres outside the M25 area; and

      (d) that the different programme production centres to which that expenditure is referable constitute what appears to OFCOM to be a suitable range of such production centres.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

544

Clause     276,     page     243,     line     40,     leave out 'Channel 3 services are provided; and' and insert 'regional Channel 3 services are provided, including any programme made for viewing on a national Channel 3 service other than a regional programme;

       "expenditure", in relation to a programme, means—

      (a) expenditure which constitutes an investment in or is otherwise attributable to the making of the programme; or

      (b) expenditure on the commissioning or other acquisition of the programme or on the acquisition of a right to include it in a service or to have it broadcast;'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

545

Clause     276,     page     243,     line     42,     at end insert 'and

"regional programme" means a programme made with a view to its inclusion in a national Channel 3 service as a programme of particular interest to persons living within a particular area of the United Kingdom.'.   

Mr Simon Thomas
John Robertson
Mr Parmjit Dhanda

355

Clause     276,     page     243,     line     42,     at end add 'and means both network and regional programmes'.


   

John Robertson
Mr Parmjit Dhanda

397

Clause     277,     page     244,     line     5,     leave out 'sufficient' and insert 'significant'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas
John Robertson
Mr Parmjit Dhanda

356

Clause     277,     page     244,     line     11,     leave out 'suitable' and insert 'significant'.

   

John Robertson
Mr Parmjit Dhanda

398

Clause     277,     page     244,     line     34,     leave out 'suitable' and insert 'significant'.

   

John Robertson
Mr Parmjit Dhanda

399

Clause     277,     page     245,     line     12,     leave out 'suitable' and insert 'significant'.


   

Mr Simon Thomas

357

Clause     278,     page     246,     line     9,     after first 'the', insert 'regions and nations of the'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

546

Clause     278,     page     246,     line     10,     leave out 'and'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

547

Clause     278,     page     246,     line     13,     at end insert—

      '(c) that what appears to OFCOM to be a suitable proportion of the expenditure of C4C on programmes made in the United Kingdom for viewing on Channel 4 is referable to programme production at different production centres outside the M25 area; and

      (d) that the different programme production centres to which that expenditure is referable constitute what appears to OFCOM to be a suitable range of such production centres.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

548

Clause     278,     page     246,     line     19,     after 'section' insert—

       '"expenditure", in relation to a programme, means—

      (a) expenditure which constitutes an investment in or is otherwise attributable to the making of the programme; or

      (b) expenditure on the commissioning or other acquisition of the programme or on the acquisition of a right to include it in a service or to have it broadcast;

       and'.


   

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

285

Clause     293,     page     254,     line     21,     leave out 'from time to time' and insert 'at least once every three years'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

315

Clause     293,     page     254,     line     29,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   In exercising its functions under subsection (1) OFCOM must ensure that the providers of services to which this section applies provide users of those services with adequate information regarding the availability of and access to subtitling.'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

316

Clause     293,     page     254,     line     30,     leave out 'tenth' and insert 'fifth'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

313

Clause     293,     page     254,     line     43,     leave out '10' and insert '50'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

314

Clause     293,     page     255,     line     22,     at end insert 'taking account of whether a programme is provided on a channel which is normally offered to consumers as a separate service or as one of a number of channels forming part of a single service'.

   

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

284

Clause     293,     page     255,     line     41,     at end insert—

    '(9A)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM to collate and publish at least once each year details of the extent to which every service to which this section applies has met the obligations referred to in subsection (3).'.


   

Brian White

243

Clause     299,     page     258,     line     34,     after 'channels', insert—

      '(aa) the listing and promotion of programmes accompanied by aids to viewing including subtitling, audio-description and signing;'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

191

Clause     299,     page     258,     line     35,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   In Wales, due prominence means parity of access to the full range of S4C digital programmes.'.

   

Brian White

244

Clause     299,     page     258,     line     35,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The code must include minimum requirements and best practice guidance on making electronic programme guides accessible to people who are blind, partially sighted or have other disabilities.'.

   

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

255

Clause     299,     page     258,     leave out lines 38 and 39 and insert—

      '(a) those television programme services known as BBC1 and BBC2 provided by the BBC in digital form.'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

271

Clause     299,     page     259,     line     18,     leave out subsection (7).


   

Mr Andrew Lansley

603

Clause     302,     page     261,     line     19,     at end insert—

    '(7A)   Before drawing up or revising the code, OFCOM shall have regard to the extent to which matters they are required to secure under this section are, or may be, secured by effective self-regulation; and, in the light of that, to consider to what extent it would be appropriate not to draw up, modify or withdraw a code under this section.

    '(7B)   In determining for the purposes of this section whether procedures for self-regulation are effective OFCOM may take account not only of self-regulation independent of those to whom it applies, but also of the extent to which the matters to be secured under this section are being, and are likely to be, secured without the further imposition of a code.'.


   

Mr Andrew Lansley

599

Clause     306,     page     264,     line     30,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   If, and to the extent that, OFCOM determines that a provision subject to periodic review under this section may be expected no longer to be necessary—

      (a) in order to secure that the holder of a Broadcasting Act licence does not act in a manner prejudicial to fair and effective competition in the provision of licensed services or of connected services; or

      (b) because the market to which the provision relates is effectively competitive and no licence holder is able to exercise significant market power, as defined under section 74 of this Act,

       then OFCOM shall be required to revoke or withdraw that provision, or modify it to the extent consistent with its continuing requirement under subsection (4).'.

 
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