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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 16th January 2007

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill


 

[First and Second SIttings]


 

Mr Shaun Woodward

 

Agreed to

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday

 

16th January) meet—

 

(a)  

at 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 16th January;

 

(b)  

at 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 18th January;

 

(2)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 18th January.

 


 

Mr Shaun Woodward

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chairman, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

Agreed to

 


 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Not selected  5

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  2,  after ‘department’, insert ‘or any local authority’.

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Withdrawn  3

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Local authorities may, at the request of a relevant person, supply a relevant person

 

with information on persons registered as blind or partially-sighted in their area


 
 

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Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill, continued

 
 

for use (by the person to whom it is supplied or by another relevant person) in

 

connection with switchover help functions.’.

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Paul Holmes

 

Withdrawn  8

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  leave out paragraph (a).

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Paul Holmes

 

Not called  9

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  13,  leave out sub-paragraph (i).

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Paul Holmes

 

Not called  10

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  15,  leave out ‘the BBC or’.

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Not called  11

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out paragraph (c) and insert—

 

‘( )    

the person or persons duly appointed to manage and operate the switchover help

 

scheme.’.

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Withdrawn  1

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  1,  after first ‘with’, insert ‘, and providing information in

 

formats accessible to visually impaired persons to,’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 2 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Withdrawn  6

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  26,  after ‘disclose’, insert ‘, knowingly or recklessly,’.

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Not called  4

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  41,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘(3A)    

It is an offence under this section for a relevant person to cause a person as

 

defined under subsection (2) of this section to disclose without lawful authority

 

information supplied to a relevant person under section 1.’.

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Withdrawn  2

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  6,  leave out from ‘section’ to ‘he’ in line 11 and insert ‘if at

 

the time of the alleged offence he believed—

 

‘(a)    

that he was making the disclosure in question with lawful authority, or

 

(b)    

that the information in question had previously been disclosed to the

 

public with lawful authority,

 

    

and’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 4 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Withdrawn  7

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  9,  after ‘switchover’, insert ‘, which must treat digital retail

 

television services and digital television broadcasting platforms equally in respect of all

 

aspects mentioned, including pricing, brand names, availability and packages and’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 6 Agreed to.

 


 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Switchover help scheme

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Not selected  NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations about any switchover help scheme.

 

(2)    

The regulations shall specify or provide criteria for determining eligibility under

 

any such scheme.

 

(3)    

Regulations under this section—

 

(a)    

shall be made by statutory instrument, and


 
 

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(b)    

may not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by

 

resolution of each House of Parliament.’.

 


 

Commencement and duration

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Withdrawn  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 1 shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order

 

appoint.

 

(2)    

No information may be disclosed under section 1 after the end of the initial

 

period.

 

(3)    

In this section “the initial period”, means the period of six years beginning with

 

the day on which section 1 comes into force.’.

 


 

Scrutiny

 

Mr Edward Vaizey

 

Mr Don Foster

 

Paul Holmes

 

Not selected  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall annually lay before Parliament a report on the

 

progress of any digital switchover help scheme.’.

 

Bill to be reported, without amendment.

 


 
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