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


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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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

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

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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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.'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     60,     line     15     [Clause     60],     leave out 'set under this section is not' and insert 'containing provision authorised by this section is not (subject to subsection (3A))'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     60,     line     31     [Clause     60],     at end insert—

    '(3A)   General conditions making provision authorised by this section in relation to a listed service must, to such extent as OFCOM consider appropriate (and subject to subsection (3B))—

      (a) apply the requirement to broadcast or otherwise transmit that service to every service which is an ancillary service by reference to the listed service; and

      (b) provide for the listed service to be treated for the purposes of the conditions as constituting such other services comprised in or provided with that service as may be determined by OFCOM.

    (3B)   General conditions making provision authorised by this section must also comply with all such restrictions (if any) as may be imposed by order made by the Secretary of State as to the maximum and minimum amounts, or proportions, of available capacity that are to be required by such conditions to be used in the case of a network for the broadcasting or other transmission of particular services, or descriptions of service.

    (3C)   In making an order under subsection (3B) the Secretary of State must have regard to—

      (a) the objective of securing that services included in the list of must-carry services, and the other services to which conditions set in accordance with this section are likely to be applied by virtue of subsection (3A), are available for reception by as many members of the public in the United Kingdom as practicable; and

      (b) the need to secure that the amount of capacity available in the case of every network for making other services available is reasonable and, accordingly, that the burden of complying with conditions set in accordance with this section is proportionate to the public benefit to be secured by that objective.'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     61,     line     11     [Clause     60],     after 'or', insert 'other'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     61,     line     15     [Clause     60],     after 'services', insert ', and the other services to which conditions set in accordance with this section are likely to be applied by virtue of subsection (3A),'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     61,     line     17     [Clause     60],     after 'also', insert 'if (whether on such a review or in any other circumstances) he considers it appropriate to do so,'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     61,     line     25     [Clause     60],     at end insert—

    '( )   Before making an order under subsection (3B) and before making an order under subsection (8) in a case in which there has been no review under subsection (4), the Secretary of State must consult—

      (a) OFCOM, and

      (b) such persons who, in his opinion, are likely to be affected by the order, or who represent any of those persons, as he thinks fit.'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     61,     line     39     [Clause     61],     at end insert—

      '( ) particular methods of billing for electronic communications services or of accepting payment for them;'.

   

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

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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

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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

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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.'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     73,     line     36     [Clause     76],     leave out 'give' and insert 'publish'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     84,     line     26     [Clause     89],     leave out from beginning to second 'conditions' and insert 'This section authorises the setting of SMP conditions of each of the following descriptions—

      (a)'. 

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     84,     line     29     [Clause     89],     at end insert—

      '(b) conditions imposing requirements about the accounting methods to be used in maintaining the separation; and

      (c) conditions imposing such rules as OFCOM may make, for the purpose of securing the maintenance of the separation, about the use of cost accounting systems.'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     84,     line     30     [Clause     89],     leave out subsection (3) and insert—

    '(3)   This section also authorises the setting of SMP conditions imposing price controls in relation to the hiring of telephones which are hardwired to an electronic communications network.'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     84,     line     32     [Clause     89],     at end insert—

    '( )   Conditions set under this section must not make provision in relation to the supply of electronic communications apparatus unless the apparatus is of a description of apparatus as respects the supply of which the dominant supplier has been found to have significant market power.'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     94,     line     9     [Clause     99],     leave out '94' and insert '95'.

   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     94,     line     31     [Clause     100],     at end insert—

    '(4)   The consent of OFCOM is required for the bringing of proceedings by virtue of subsection (1)(a).

    (5)   Where OFCOM give a consent for the purposes of subsection (4) subject to conditions relating to the conduct of the proceedings, the proceedings are not to be carried on by that person except in compliance with those conditions.'.


   

Secretary Tessa Jowell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

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Page     107,     line     27     [Clause     116],     leave out 'content and provision' and insert 'provision, content, promotion and marketing'.

 
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