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|(a)||the repayment of the principal of any borrowing by OFCOM;|
|(b)||the payment of interest on any such borrowing; and|
|(c)||the discharge of other financial obligations incurred by OFCOM in connection with any such borrowing.|
(3) The Secretary of State must not give a guarantee under this section if the aggregate of
|(a)||the amounts that he may be required to pay for fulfilling that guarantee, and|
|(b)||the amounts that he may be required to pay for fulfilling other guarantees previously given under this section and still in force,|
(4) The Secretary of State may by order substitute another amount for the amount for the time being specified in subsection (3).
(5) No order is to be made containing provision authorised by subsection (4) unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of the House of Commons.
(6) Immediately after a guarantee is given under this section, the Secretary of State must lay a statement of the guarantee before each House of Parliament.
(7) Where any sum is paid by the Secretary of State under a guarantee given under this section, he must lay a statement relating to that sum before each House of Parliament as soon as practicable after the end of each of the financial years
|(a)||beginning with the one in which the sum is paid; and|
|(b)||ending with the one in which OFCOM's liabilities under subsection (8) in respect of that sum are finally discharged.|
|(a)||such amounts in or towards the repayment to him of those sums as he may direct; and|
|(b)||interest, at such rates as he may determine, on amounts outstanding under this subsection.|
Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt
NC24To move the following Clause:
'(1) The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment may, in accordance with this section, make payments to persons engaged in, or in commercial activities connected with
|(a)||the provision of electronic communications networks and electronic communications services in Northern Ireland; or|
|(b)||improving the extent, quality and reliability of such networks or services.|
|(a)||the making of the payment is likely to achieve|
|(i)||one or more of the purposes set out in subsection (1); and|
|(ii)||any other purposes prescribed by regulations made by that Department with the approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel; and|
|(b)||the amount of the payment is reasonable having regard to all the circumstances.|
|(a)||be of such amounts, and|
|(b)||be made subject to such conditions (including conditions as to repayment),|
(4) This section extends only to Northern Ireland.'.
Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt
NC25To move the following Clause:
'(1) OFCOM have power to make a statement of the principles under which they may retain any or all of the amounts paid to them in pursuance of obligations imposed by or under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998 (c.6).
(2) Where such a statement of principles authorises the retention of an amount, OFCOM are not required to pay it into the appropriate Consolidated Fund in accordance with section 390.
(3) Principles contained in a statement made by OFCOM under this section must be such as appear to them to be likely to secure, on the basis of such estimates of the likely costs as it is practicable to make
|(a)||that, on a year by year basis, the aggregate amount of the amounts retained by OFCOM does not exceed the amount required by OFCOM for meeting the annual cost to OFCOM of carrying out the functions mentioned in subsection (4);|
|(b)||that the amounts retained by OFCOM are objectively justifiable and proportionate to the costs in respect of which they are retained; and|
|(c)||that the relationship between meeting the cost of carrying out those functions and the amounts retained is transparent.|
|(a)||OFCOM's functions under the enactments relating to the management of the radio spectrum except those specified in subsection (5); and|
|(b)||the function of taking any steps that OFCOM consider it necessary to take|
|(i)||in preparation for the carrying out of any of the functions mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection; or|
|(ii)||for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out of those functions or otherwise in connection with carrying them out.|
|(a)||their functions under section 19(2);|
|(b)||their functions under subsections (1) and (2) of section 147 so far as carried out in relation to the use of the electro-magnetic spectrum at places outside the United Kingdom, and their functions under subsection (5) of that section;|
|(c)||their functions under section 150;|
|(d)||their functions under section 153;|
|(e)||their functions under section 163;|
|(f)||their functions under sections 170 to 172;|
|(g)||any functions conferred on them under section 5 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (c.54); and|
|(h)||any function not falling within the preceding paragraphs in so far as the costs of carrying it out are met from payments made to OFCOM by virtue of section 25 or 147(8) of this Act.|
|(a)||to be treated as referable to costs incurred in that year and in one or more subsequent years; and|
|(b)||to be brought into account, in each of those years, in accordance with an apportionment for which provision is made in the statement.|
(8) A statement of principles under this section
|(a)||if it is expressed to apply for a limited period, does not apply to any amounts paid to OFCOM after the end of that period; and|
|(b)||in any event, does not apply to amounts paid to them after a withdrawal of the statement takes effect.|
(10) The consent of the Treasury is required for the making, revision or withdrawal of a statement under this section.
(11) Where OFCOM make or revise a statement of this section they must publish so much of the statement or revised statement as appears to them necessary for demonstrating that the statement or revision complies with subsection (3).'.
Mr Chris Smith [R]
NC1To move the following Clause:
'OFCOM may, if they think fit, undertake discussions with, and seek agreement from, broadcasters, producers, service providers and telecommunications companies, in order to assist the deterrence of piracy, counterfeiting and the unauthorised digital transference of moving image material; including in such discussions the promotion of common technical standards in order to facilitate deterrence, prevention, and detection.'.
Mr Tim Yeo
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Henry Bellingham
Mr Mark Field
NC2To move the following Clause:
'It shall be the duty of OFCOM to promote competition and reduce regulation in order to secure lower prices and higher quality services for telecommunications consumers and encourage the rapid deployment of new telecommunications technologies, including broadband.'.
Mr Clive Soley
Mr Chris Mullin
NC5To move the following Clause:
'OFCOM shall, from time to time, review and report on the effectiveness of self-regulation by the press.'.
Mr John Whittingdale
Mr John Greenway
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Hoban
NC11To move the following Clause:
'In carrying out any function conferred on them by or under this Act, OFCOM shall have regard to
|(a)||the principles under which regulatory activities should be transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent and targeted only at cases in which action is needed, and|
|(b)||any other principles appearing to OFCOM to represent the best regulatory practice.'.|
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