1.In its letter to the Office of Communications (Ofcom) of 22 November 2017, the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (JCSI) has requested a memorandum on the following point:
Explain why hard copies of the ETSI standards referred to in the Regulations are not made available for inspection.
2.Ofcom understands that, by this point, the JCSI is referring to the fact that a user of this statutory instrument may not have access to the internet, and it therefore seeks Ofcom’s explanation for not following the usual practice for Explanatory Notes to contain an address where hard copies of documents referred to in the instrument can be obtained on request.
3.This instrument contains references to ten different standards published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in order to give effect to corresponding EU obligations of the United Kingdom contained in the Commission Implementing Decision 2016/2317/EU. That Decision refers to the ETSI standards. The ETSI standards are regularly updated and have multiple versions. The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) makes it clear which is the most recent and relevant version of each ETSI standard.
4.Ofcom therefore mentions in footnotes to the instrument the correct versions of the ETSI standards as determined by the OJEU. The correct versions of the ETSI standards themselves are, however, available to the public from ETSI on their website or in hard copies by contacting the ETSI Secretariat at 650 Route des Lucioles, 06921 Sophia-Antipolis CEDEX, France (Tel: +33 4 92 94 42 00). Ofcom intends to correct this omission shortly by way of a correction slip. Ofcom apologises for this oversight.
Office of Communications
28 November 2017
7 December 2017