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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 29th January 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE E


OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee (24th January). Schedule (Further provision about OFCOM).

Amendment (No. 28) proposed, in page 7, line 8, at the end to insert the words ', and shall have regard to the principles of public life set out at page 14 of the First Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Cm 2850-I).'—(Miss Anne McIntosh)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.
   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Lawrence Robertson

56

Schedule,     page     7,     line     8,     at end insert—

    ('1A)   Appointments to OFCOM shall be subject to discussion and scrutiny by the relevant Select Committee or Select Committees.'.

   

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

37

Schedule,     page     7,     line     11,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The Chairman and other non-executive members of OFCOM shall declare their financial and pecuniary interests in full in a publicly accessible Register of Interests.'.

   

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

20

Schedule,     page     7,     line     22,     at end insert—

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

   

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

21

Schedule,     page     7,     line     28,     at end insert—

    '(5)   In making appointments the Secretary of State shall take into account the need to secure appointments of persons with experience of—

      (a) regional television;

      (b) religious broadcasting;

      (c) competition aspects of media ownership;

      (d) mobile phones;

      (e) broadband technology;

      (f) internet; and

      (g) the radio sector.'.

   

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

40

Schedule,     page     7,     line     28,     at end insert—

    '(5A)   In making appointments, the Secretary of State shall have regard to the need for OFCOM to provide advice on the regulation of public service broadcasting.'.

   

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

29

Schedule,     page     7,     line     35,     leave out from 'shall' to end of line 36 and insert 'serve a maximum of two consecutive four year terms'.

   

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

22

Schedule,     page     7,     line     36,     at end insert 'provided that no ordinary members of the board shall serve for more than two consecutive four year terms.'.

   

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

36

Schedule,     page     8,     line     39,     at end insert ', following consultation with and consideration by a Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament'.

   

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

30

Schedule,     page     9,     line     18,     at end insert 'provided that no executive member serves for more than two consecutive four year terms'.

   

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

31

Schedule,     page     9,     line     18,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   In appointing the Chief Executive and other executive members, the Chairman and other non-executive members shall have regard to the principles of public life set out at page 14 of the First Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Cm 2850-I).'.

   

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

38

Schedule,     page     9,     line     18,     at end insert—

    '(1AA)   The chief executive and other executive members of OFCOM shall declare their financial and pecuniary interests in full in a publicly accessible Register of Interests.'.

   

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

19

Schedule,     page     10,     line     42,     at end add 'and such grants shall be sufficient to enable OFCOM adequately to fulfil its statutory functions; and to employ sufficient staff for that purpose.'.

   

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

23

Schedule,     page     11,     line     18,     at end insert 'and

      (c) the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons.'.

   

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    14B   (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.'.

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Lawrence Robertson

57

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

    '14C   It shall be a duty of OFCOM to establish a Radio Committee to provide advice to OFCOM about, and, carry out functions in relation to, the radio sector.'.

   

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.'.

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Lawrence Robertson

60

Schedule,     page     14,     line     41,     at end insert—

'Appeals

    19A   There shall be an appeals procedure available against exercise of powers under communications legislation.'.


   

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.'.

 
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