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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 5th February 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).

    Question proposed, That Clause 3 stand part of the Bill.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Miss Anne McIntosh

43

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

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

63

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     40,     leave out paragraph (c).

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

64

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     44,     leave out paragraph (d).

   

Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Laurence Robertson

66

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     45,     at end insert—

    '(e)   a duty to achieve economies in the exercise of their duties;

    (f)   a duty to establish at the earliest opportunity working relationships with the Office of Fair Trading to ensure a common approach in the enforcement of the Competition Act 1998;

    (g)   a power to cease to perform regulatory activities that are no longer necessary;

    (h)   a power to exercise economy in the engagement of external consultants;

    (i)   a power to consult stakeholders on relevant proposals about the regulation of communications'.

   

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 Laurence Robertson

65

Clause     4,     page     4,     line     27,     leave out sub-section (5).


   

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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