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

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Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     107,     line     37     [Clause     116],     leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

      '(a) directions given in accordance with an approved code by the enforcement authority and for the purpose of enforcing its provisions; and'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     108,     line     17     [Clause     116],     leave out from 'service' to end of line 35 and insert '("the relevant service") if—

      (a) he provides the contents of the relevant service;

      (b) he exercises editorial control over the contents of the relevant service;

      (c) he is a person who packages together the contents of the relevant service for the purpose of facilitating its provision;

      (d) he makes available a facility comprised in the relevant service; or

      (e) he falls within subsection (9A) or (9B).

    (9A)   A person falls within this subsection if—

      (a) he is the provider of an electronic communications service used for the provision of the relevant service; and

      (b) under arrangements made with a person who is a provider of the relevant service falling within subsection (9)(a) to (d), he is entitled to retain some or all of the charges received by him in respect of the provision of the relevant service or of the use of his electronic communications service for the purposes of the relevant service.

    (9B)   A person falls within this subsection if—

      (a) he is the provider of an electronic communications network used for the provision of the relevant service; and

      (b) an agreement relating to the use of the network for the provision of that service subsists between the provider of the network and a person who is a provider of the relevant service falling within subsection (9)(a) to (d).

    (10)   Where one or more persons are employed or engaged under the direction of another to do any of the things mentioned in subsection (9)(a) to (d), only that other person shall be a provider of the relevant service for the purposes of this Chapter.'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     108,     line     39     [Clause     116],     at end insert—

    '( )   In this section—

"approved code" means a code for the time being approved under section 117; and"enforcement authority", in relation to such a code, means the person who under the code has the function of enforcing it.'.   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

35

Page     108,     line     44     [Clause     117],     after 'services', insert—

      '( ) that the code contains provision for regulating, to such extent (if any) as they think fit, the arrangements made by the providers of premium rate services for promoting and marketing those services;'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

36

Page     109,     line     19     [Clause     117],     at end insert 'and provision for the enforcement of the code.

    (3A)   The provision for the enforcement of a code that may be approved under this section includes—

      (a) provision for the payment, to a person specified in the code, of a penalty not exceeding the maximum penalty for the time being specified in section 119(2);

      (b) provision requiring a provider of a premium rate service to secure that the provision of the service is suspended or otherwise ceases or is restricted in any respect;

      (c) provision for the imposition on a person, in respect of a contravention of the code, of a temporary or permanent prohibition or restriction on his working in connection with the provision of premium rate services or, in the case of a body corporate, on its providing such services or on its carrying on other activities in connection with their provision.'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     109,     line     37     [Clause     118],     at end insert—

      '(aa) provision imposing requirements with respect to the arrangements made by the providers of premium rate services for the promotion and marketing of those services;'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

38

Page     109,     line     38     [Clause     118],     leave out 'those requirements' and insert 'requirements imposed by virtue of paragraph (a) or (aa)'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

39

Page     110,     line     7     [Clause     118],     at end insert—

      '( ) power to make provision falling within section 117(3A)(c) for the enforcement of the provisions of the order;'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     111,     line     2     [Clause     120],     leave out 'provider of an electronic communications service' and insert 'communications provider'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

41

Page     111,     line     14     [Clause     120],     at end insert—

    '( )   OFCOM may also give a direction under this section to a person who is a communications provider ("the contravening provider") if they are satisfied—

      (a) that he is, or has been, in contravention of conditions set under section 116 in respect of a premium rate service;

      (b) that the circumstances of the contravention make it appropriate for OFCOM to suspend or restrict the provision of premium rate services provided by the contravening provider without the conditions set out in subsection (1) being satisfied; and

      (c) that in those circumstances the giving of the direction is urgently required for reasons of public policy.'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     111,     line     16     [Clause     120],     leave out from 'direction' to end of line 20 and insert 'to the contravening provider to secure the suspension of the provision of premium rate services provided by him; or

      (b) a direction requiring him to secure compliance with restrictions, set out in the direction, on the provision of such services.'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     118,     line     41     [Clause     129],     leave out '94' and insert '95'.


   

Mr John Whittingdale

Mr John Greenway

Mr Mark Hoban

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Page     119,     line     14     [Clause 130],     leave out 'for a year or more'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale

Mr John Greenway

Mr Mark Hoban

104

Page     119,     line     18     [Clause 130],     leave out 'for a year or more'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale

Mr John Greenway

Mr Mark Hoban

105

Page     119,     line     27     [Clause 130],     leave out subsection (4) and insert—

    '(4)   A provision falling within subsection (2)(a) or (b)—

      (a) if it requires (expressly or otherwise) the consent of any person to be obtained before anything to which the provision relates is done, shall have effect as if it required that consent not to be unreasonably withheld;

      (b) in any other case, shall have the effect as if it required the consent of the lessor, licensor or other party to the agreement to the doing of anything to which the provision relates not to be unreasonably withheld.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale

Mr John Greenway

Mr Mark Hoban

106

Page     119,     line     30     [Clause 130],     leave out from 'with' to end of line 31 and insert 'an electronic communications matter'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale

Mr John Greenway

Mr Mark Hoban

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Page     119,     line     38     [Clause 130],     leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) and insert 'with respect to any matter by virtue of which it falls within subsection (1) of (2).'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Mark Hoban

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Page     119,     line     44,     [Clause 130] at end insert 'of his choice (so that he is not confined to selecting a person with an interest in any premises or to a person selected by such a person).

    (5A)   The question whether consent has been unreasonably withheld in any case falling to be determined in accordance with subsection (5) shall be determined by OFCOM.

    (5B)   Where OFCOM has made such a determination, proceedings for breach of any provision of a lease or other agreement falling within subsection (2), which consists of or includes failure to obtain consent before doing anything to which that provision relates, shall not be instituted or continued in any court.'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Mark Hoban

109

Page     119,     line     45,     [Clause 130], leave out subsection (6).


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

234

Page     120,     line     16     [Clause     130],     after first 'and', insert—

      '(b)  in Scotland, a sub-lease and an agreement to grant a sub-lease,

       and'.

   

Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Mark Hoban

110

Page     120,     line     23,     [Clause 130], leave out subsection (9).


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     121,     line     33     [Clause     132],     leave out from beginning to end of line 47 and insert 'the purpose specified in subsection (2).

    (2)   That purpose is the carrying out—

      (a) with a view to publication, and

      (b) in the interest of the end-users of public electronic communications services,

    of comparative overviews of the quality and prices of such services.'.

 
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