Amendments proposed to the Office of Communications Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Mr Simon Thomas

53

Schedule,     page     11,     line     32,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   As soon as possible after the end of each financial year, OFCOM shall also prepare and send to the National Assembly of Wales and the Scottish Parliament a report of how OFCOM are ensuring that Welsh and Scottish interests are being adequately met.'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

24

Schedule,     page     11,     line     34,     at end insert 'which shall be referred to the relevant Select Committee or Select Committees of each House and debated by each House of Parliament.'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

49

Schedule,     page     12,     line     9,     at end insert—

      '(c) for ensuring that the membership of every committee established by OFCOM contains at least one representative for Wales, and one representative for Scotland;

      (d) for consulting the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament in appointing the representatives referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(c).'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

51

Schedule,     page     12,     line     22,     at end insert—

    '( )   OFCOM shall establish—

      (a) a Welsh Advisory Committee which shall advise OFCOM on the carrying out of its functions in Wales; and

      (b) a Scottish Advisory Committee which shall advise OFCOM on the carrying out of its functions in Scotland

    and shall, in appointing these Committees, consult the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament.'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

32

Schedule,     page     12,     line     25,     at end insert—

    'Consumer Panel    14A (1)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM to establish a Consumer Panel of 10 members, comprising persons who are neither members nor employees of OFCOM.

    (2)   Members will be appointed for four year terms and shall serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

    (3)   Paragraphs 17, 18 and 19 of the Schedule shall apply to the proceedings of the Consumer Panel, but paragraphs 15 and 16 shall not apply and the Consumer Panel shall make other such arrangements for regulating their own procedure as they think fit.

    (4)   The Consumer Panel shall—

      (a) research consumers' views and concerns on issues relating to OFCOM's functions,

      (b) publish its advice, conclusions and reports to OFCOM,

      (c) take due account in its work of the views of consumers with special needs, including those on low incomes or with disabilities

    (5)   The Consumer Panel shall be funded by means of grants from OFCOM.

    (6)   The Consumer Panel shall make an annual report of its proceedings and financial position to each House of Parliament.'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

50

Schedule,     page     12,     line     25,     at end insert—

    'Consumer Panels    14A   (1) It shall be the duty of OFCOM to establish consumer panels for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and consumer panels for the regions of England as it sees fit.

    (2)   Their members shall not be members, employees or past members or employees of OFCOM.

    (3)   The consumer panels shall

      (a) research consumers' views and concerns on issues relating to OFCOM's functions,

      (b) publish their advice, conclusions and reports to OFCOM,

      (c) take due account in their work of the views and needs of consumers with particular needs, including those on low incomes or with disabilities.

    (4)   The consumer panels shall be funded by means of grants from the Secretary of State.

    (5)   The consumer panels shall make an annual report to each House of Parliament and the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.'.

   

Mr Simon Thomas

52

Schedule,     page     12,     line     29,     at end insert ', except that in Wales, OFCOM shall make such arrangements as if it were a public body as designated by the Welsh Language Act 1993 (c. 38).'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

35

Schedule,     page     12,     line     29,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Decisions of OFCOM shall be taken by a majority of its members.'.


   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

11

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     22,     leave out from first 'for' to end of line 24 and insert 'the purpose of making institutional arrangements required to facilitate the future implementation of, or for securing the modification of, any relevant proposals about the regulation of communications, and to identify opportunities for achieving cost savings arising from any relevant proposal; and in particular to reflect standards of good taste and decency.'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Miss Anne McIntosh

44

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     22,     leave out from 'of' to 'any' in line 23.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Miss Anne McIntosh

45

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     24,     at end insert 'or the promotion of investment in communications infrastructure.'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

14

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     24,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   The functions conferred upon OFCOM under this section shall have effect only for a period of one year following its commencement'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

27

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     24,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM to have regard to the work of their Consumer Panel in carrying out their function under subsection (1).'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

12

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     36,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   In carrying out its functions under this section, OFCOM shall take into account the need to ensure continued effective ITV regional programming and news editions.'.

   

Nick Harvey
Mr Richard Allan

42

     Clause     2,     page     2,     line     36,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   It shall be the duty of OFCOM to report on its performance and subject its performance to scrutiny six months after its establishment and every six months thereafter to a designated Select Committee of Parliament.'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

39

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     45,     after 'industry;', insert 'any proposals for the conferring on OFCOM of any functions relating to the regulation of the financial and pecuniary interests of the employees of the media;'.

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

13

Clause     2,     page     3,     line     2,     at end insert 'and

      (c) any proposal by the Secretary of State to bring within the remit of OFCOM the BBC Board of Governors.'.


   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

15

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     26,     at end add—

    '(2)   Decisions of OFCOM shall be published.'.


   

Mr Philip Hammond
Miss Anne McIntosh

43

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     33,     leave out paragraph (b).

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

16

Clause     4,     page     4,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The Secretary of State shall set targets for deregulation in relation to the functions of the existing regulators with which the regulators shall have a duty to comply.'.


   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

17

Page     4,     line     30,     leave out Clause 5.


   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

18

Clause     6,     page     5,     line     28,     at end insert—

      '(aa) the BBC Board of Governors.'.


   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

1

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     6,     leave out 'Office of Communications' and insert 'Communications Regulation Commission'.

   

Mr Douglas Alexander

33

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     14,     leave out subsection (5).


NEW CLAUSES

Digital television

   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

       'It shall be a duty of OFCOM to make proposals to the Secretary of State on the regulatory requirements relating to analogue switch off and full conversion to digital television within one year of OFCOM's establishment.'.


Duration
   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Act shall cease to have effect at the end of a period of one year after its commencement.'.


Competition regulation
   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

       'In the event of a conflict between OFCOM and the Office of Fair Trading, the Office of Fair Trading shall be deemed to be the superior body.'.


Office of Communications: Welsh Language Act 1993
   

Mr Simon Thomas

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

       'In section 6(1) of the Welsh Language Act 1993 (c. 38), at the end there is inserted—

      "(p) the Office of Communications (OFCOM).".'.


   

Mr Tim Yeo
Mr John Greenway
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

2

Title,     line     1,     leave out 'Office of Communications' and insert 'Communications Regulation Commission'.


 
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