Amendments proposed to the Communications Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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John Robertson [R]
Mr Parmjit Dhanda [R]
John McDonnell

150

Page     1,     line     9     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   OFCOM shall operate within a policy framework set annually by the Government and shall publish an annual report describing how it has interpreted that framework in each twelve month period.

    (1B)   OFCOM shall make itself regularly available for questioning both to a specially-constituted OFCOM Parliamentary Committee and in specific public forums on the contents of its annual report.'.


   

Nick Harvey
Mr John Grogan
Paul Farrelly
Mr Chris Mullin
Mr Simon Thomas
Mr Austin Mitchell

John McDonnell

3

Page     3,     line     4     [Clause     3],     after 'markets', insert 'and the public interest'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley

203

Page     3,     line     9     [Clause 3],     leave out from 'are' to 'and' in line 11 and insert—

      '(i) of high quality;

      (ii) calculated to appeal to a variety of tastes and interests, and

      (iii) in particular, calculated to reflect the lives and concerns of different communities and interests in the United Kingdom, and of the diversity of views which contribute to reflecting those concerns in relation to representative and participatory democratic institutions;'.

   

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

84

Page     3,     line     25     [Clause     3],     leave out paragraph (b).

   

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

85

Page     3,     line     30     [Clause     3],     leave out paragraph (d).

   

John Robertson [R]
Mr Parmjit Dhanda [R]
John McDonnell

151

Page     3,     line     39     [Clause     3],     at end insert—

      '(gg) the position of employees in the industry;'.

   

Mr Roger Berry
John McDonnell

19

Page     3,     line     43     [Clause     3],     after 'incomes', insert 'for equal or equivalent access to all forms of regulated communication.'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas
Pete Wishart

206

Page     3,     line     48     [Clause     3], at end insert 'including through representations made by the devolved administrations of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland'.


   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

187

Page     4,     line     3     [Clause     3],     at end insert—

    '(n)   the impact of developments in relevant markets upon creators and performers.'.

   

John Robertson [R]
Mr Parmjit Dhanda [R]
John McDonnell

152

Page     4,     line     3     [Clause     3],     at end insert—

    '(3A)   In pursuance of its duty specified in subsection (3)(gg), OFCOM will provide a detailed annual overview of the employment resource in the communications industry, and in particular with regard to health and safety, skill levels and the personal development and training of people working in the industry, quality of service provision and emergency cover, and will be held accountable to Parliament on these issues.'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas
Pete Wishart

207

Page     4,     line     24     [Clause     3], at end insert—

    '(6)   In performing their duties under this section OFCOM shall have a duty to consult with the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly over matters of specific concern to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.'.


   

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

86

Page     5,     line     10     [Clause     4],     leave out subsection (5) and insert—

    '(5)   The third Community requirement is a requirement to promote the interests of all persons who are citizens of the European Union, including freedom of thought, conscience, religion and expression; equality of opportunity and freedom for different individual groups within society to be able to apply for all available licences without discrimination or prejudice, whilst respecting cultural, religious and linguistic diversity, and consumer demand; to ensure fulfilment of the obligations arising out of—

      (a) Article 17 of the Treaty establishing the European Community; and

      (b) the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union; and

       OFCOM shall have particular regard to paragraph (3) of Decision No. 676/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, which states:

       "Radio spectrum policy in the Community should contribute to freedom of expression, including freedom of opinion and freedom to receive and disseminate information and ideas, irrespective of borders, as well as freedom and plurality of the media".'.


   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

188

Page     11,     line     24     [Clause     11],     at end insert—

    '(5A)   In appointing persons to be members of the Content Board, OFCOM must also secure that certain members have experience to represent the interests of the creators and producers involved in the programme and music to be included in the services relevant to the duties of the Board.'.


   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

189

Page     13,     line     6     [Clause     12],     at end insert—

    '(6A)   The power of OFCOM to authorise the establishment of a Committee or Panel by the Content Board includes power to authorise the establishment of a Creators Panel, including persons from the United Kingdom music-creating community.'.


   

John Robertson [R]
Mr Parmjit Dhanda [R]
John McDonnell

153

Page     22,     line     24     [Clause     24],     after 'television', insert 'telecommunications, internet'.

   

John Robertson [R]
Mr Parmjit Dhanda [R]
John McDonnell

154

Page     22,     line     30     [Clause     24],     after 'television', insert 'telecommunications, internet'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

21

Page     33,     line     43     [Clause     34],     leave out '38' and insert '39'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

22

Page     39,     line     44     [Clause     39],     leave out '94' and insert '95'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

23

Page     41,     line     24     [Clause     41],     leave out paragraph (c).


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

24

Page     44,     line     28     [Clause     45],     leave out 'given' and insert 'published'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

25

Page     44,     line     39     [Clause     45],     at end insert—

    '( )   But, where—

      (a) the person giving the notification is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances justifying the use of a shorter period, and

      (b) the notification is not one that is required to be sent to the European Commission under section 46(4) or (4A),

       the period specified as the period for making representations may be whatever shorter period that person considers reasonable in those circumstances.'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

26

Page     45,     line     40     [Clause     46],     leave out 'The relevant person' and insert 'OFCOM'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

27

Page     45,     line     42     [Clause     46],     after 'published', insert 'by them'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

28

Page     46,     line     4     [Clause     46],     at end insert—

    '(4A)   Where it is a person other than OFCOM who is the relevant person who is required to publish a notification under section 45(4) relating to the giving, modification or withdrawal of a direction, approval or consent given for purposes mentioned in subsection (4)(a) of this section—

      (a) that person must refer to OFCOM the question whether, in their opinion, the proposal would affect trade between member States;

      (b) OFCOM must immediately determine that question on that reference; and

      (c) the relevant person must send a copy of the notification to the European Commission and to the regulatory authorities of every other member State if OFCOM determine that the proposal is one which, in their opinion, would affect trade between member States.'.


   

John Robertson [R]
Mr Parmjit Dhanda [R]
John McDonnell

155

Page     61,     line     44     [Clause     61],     at end insert—

      '(e) affordable access to services on ever-greater bandwidth.'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas
Pete Wishart
John McDonnell

208

Page     61,     line     44     [Clause     61], at end insert—

      '(e) to secure the availability throughout the United Kingdom, including rural areas, of affordable access to services of ever-greater bandwidth.'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas
John McDonnell

209

Page     61,     line     44     [Clause     61],     at end insert—

      '(e) apparatus for end-users with disabilities, which is capable of being used in connection with an electronic communications service.'.

 
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