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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 31st 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).

   

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).'.

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Lawrence Robertson

58

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     30,     at end insert—

    '(aa)   Will identify opportunities for achieving cost savings arising from any relevant proposals and do such things as may be necessary to secure that any costs savings are implemented;'.

   

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—

      '(aa) 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

61

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     45,     after 'industry;', insert—

      (ab) any proposals by the Secretary of State for the conferring on OFCOM of any functions relating to the promotion of open and competitive markets'.

   

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

62

Clause     2,     page     3,     line     5,     at end insert ', including co-operating with the Office of Fair Trading on matters relating to the promotion of open and competitive markets'.


   

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.'.


   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Lawrence Robertson

59

Clause     5,     page     4,     line     34,     at end insert 'after 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

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
Dr Kim Howells

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'.


EXCERPT FROM ORDER OF THE HOUSE (14TH JANUARY)

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    (3)   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 5th February 2002.

    (4)   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.


ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE [24TH JANUARY]

       That—

    (1)   during proceedings on the Office of Communications Bill [Lords] the Standing Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past Nine o'clock and half-past Two o'clock; and

    (2)   the proceedings shall be taken in the following order, namely, Clause 1, Schedule, Clauses 2 to 7, new Clauses, new Schedules;

    (3)   the proceedings on the Bill (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 5th February 2002.


 
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