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

690

*Schedule     18,     page     514,     line     4,     leave out from 'they' to end of line 6 and insert 'or the Director have, prior to the giving of the notice, identified the relevant market to which the direction relates for the purpose of making a market power determination.'.

   

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

691

*Schedule     18,     page     514,     line     9,     at end insert—

    '(6)   A direction referred to in sub-paragraph (4) shall cease to have effect on the date on which any SMP conditions which relate to the relevant market to which the direction relates and which the Director or OFCOM have determined to apply come into effect, or on the date on which the Director or OFCOM determine not to apply any such conditions in relation to that market.'.

   

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 Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

683

*Schedule     19,     page     529,     line     29,     column 2, at end insert—

'( ) in paragraph 9(2), the words "section 11(1) of this Act,";'.
   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

684

*Schedule     19,     page     529,     line     32,     column 2, at end insert—

'( ) in paragraph 27(1), the words "section 109(2) or (3) of or".'.
   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

617

Schedule     19,     page     530,     line     20,     column 2, at beginning insert—

'In section 69(2), the word "or" at the end of paragraph (b).
In Schedule 2, the word "or" at the end of paragraph 17(2)(b).'.
   

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".'.


   

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

692

*Clause     393,     page     336,     line     23,     at end insert 'and where in pursuance of such an order under section 395 any such function as is referred to in sub-paragraph (a) is carried out by the Director-General of Telecommunications or the Secretary of State, references in section 187 to OFCOM shall in relation to anything referred to in that section have effect as if they were references to the Director General of Telecommunications or the Secretary of State as the case may be.'.


NEW CLAUSES

Meaning of 'initial expiry date'

   

Mr Stephen Timms
Dr Kim Howells

NC28

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Subject to any postponement under this section, the date which is the initial expiry date for the purposes of this Part is 31st December 2014.

    (2)   The Secretary of State may (on one or more occasions) by order postpone the initial expiry date.

    (3)   The Secretary of State's power to postpone the initial expiry date—

      (a) is to be exercisable before 30th June 2013 only if he has fixed a date after 30th June 2013 as the date for digital switchover; and

      (b) is not to be exercisable on or after 30th June 2013 if he has fixed 30th June 2013 or an earlier date as the date for digital switchover.

    (4)   Where the Secretary of State makes an order under this section at a time after he has fixed a date for digital switchover, the date to which the initial expiry date is postponed must be a date not less than eighteen months after the date for digital switchover.

    (5)   The Secretary of State must exercise his power to postpone the initial expiry date if it at any time appears to him that that date would otherwise fall within the period of eighteen months immediately following the date fixed for digital switchover.

    (6)   Where an order under this section extends a licensing period for which a licence has been granted in accordance with section 209 or 214, the 1990 Act and this Part shall have effect (subject to subsection (7)) as if the licence had originally been granted for the extended period.

    (7)   Where an order under this section extends the period for which a licence is to continue in force—

      (a) that order shall not affect the earliest time at which an application for the renewal of that licence may be made in accordance with section 211(2)(a) or 217(2)(a);

      (b) as soon as reasonably practicable after making the order, OFCOM must make such modification of any determination made by them in the case of that licence for the purposes of section 211(2)(b) or 217(2)(b) as they consider appropriate in consequence of the extension; and

      (c) neither section 211(3)(a) nor section 217(3)(a) applies to the making of that modification.

    (8)   In this section a reference to the date for digital switchover is a reference to the date fixed by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this section as the date which appears to him, in consequence of directions given by him for the purposes of the conditions of the licences for the relevant public broadcasting services, to be the date after which none of those services will be broadcast to any significant extent in analogue form.

    (9)   In this section "the relevant public broadcasting service" means any of the following—

      (a) the services comprised in Channel 3; and

      (b) Channel 5.'.



 
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