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COMMONS AMENDMENTS

189

Schedule 2, page 95, line 50, leave out from 'Act)' to end of line 51 and insert--


'(a) sub-paragraph (1) shall have effect as if the reference to three licences were a reference to two licences, and
(b) sub-paragraph (1B) shall have effect as if the reference to five licences were a reference to four licences.'.

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190

Page 96, line 1, leave out from 'order' to end of line 3 and insert--


'(a) amend sub-paragraphs (1) to (2) by substituting a different numerical limit or percentage for any numerical limit or percentage for the time being specified there,
(b) designate any television multiplex service as a regional multiplex service for the purposes of this sub-paragraph,
(c) prescribe restrictions on the holding by any one person of two or more licences to provide regional multiplex services whose coverage areas are to a significant extent the same.
(4) The Secretary of State shall not designate any television multiplex service as a regional television multiplex service for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3) unless less than half of the population of the United Kingdom is resident within the proposed coverage area of the service.'.
191

Page 96, line 3, at end insert--

'Limits on the holding, by persons providing digital programme services, of licences to provide other categories of service

5A.--(1) The Secretary of State may by order prescribe restrictions on the holding, by a person who is providing a digital programme service by means of a television multiplex service designated by order under paragraph 5(3)(b) as a regional multiplex service, of a licence to provide any service specified in sub-paragraph (2) whose coverage area is to a significant extent the same as that of the digital programme service.
(2) The services referred to in sub-paragraph (1) are--
(a) a regional Channel 3 service,
(b) a local radio service, and
(c) a local radio multiplex service.
(3) The Secretary of State may also by order prescribe restrictions on the provision by any one person at any time of both--
(a) a digital programme service by means of a television multiplex service which is designated by order under paragraph 5(3)(b) as a regional multiplex service, and
(b) a digital sound programme service whose coverage area is to a significant extent the same as that of the digital programme service.
192

Page 96, line 8, leave out from first 'services' to second 'services' and insert 'by means of two or more television multiplex services if the number of points attributable to those digital programme'.


193

Page 96, line 16, leave out 'broadcast' and insert 'provided'.


194

Page 96, line 16, at end insert--


'(aa) a digital programme service is provided by means of a television multiplex service designated by the Secretary of State by order under paragraph 5(3)(b) as a regional multiplex service, or'.
195

Page 97, line 7, leave out from 'licence' to 'to' in line 10 and insert 'but who does not control that body, shall be taken'.

Lord Inglewood: My Lords, I have already spoken to these amendments. I beg to move them en bloc.

Moved, That this House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 189 to 195.--(Lord Inglewood.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

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COMMONS AMENDMENT

196

Schedule 2, page 97, leave out lines 11 to 13 and insert--


'(9) The Secretary of State may by order amend this paragraph--
(a) by altering the number of points for the time being attributable to digital programme services falling within sub-paragraph (2), (3) or (4),
(b) by substituting a different number of hours for the number for the time being specified in sub-paragraph (3), (4) or (5),
(c) by substituting different numbers for any numbers for the time being specified in sub-paragraph (7), and
(d) by substituting a different percentage for the percentage for the time being specified in sub-paragraph (8).'.

5 p.m.

Lord Inglewood: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment No. 196 I should like also to speak to Amendments No. 197 and 209 inclusive. Amendment No. 196 gives the Secretary of State the power to vary elements in the digital points system set out in paragraph 6 of Part III to Schedule 2, so that the ownership regime can respond to developments within digital television broadcasting.

Amendments Nos. 198 and 201 make it clear that, for the purposes of the 15 per cent. radio ownership points limit, points will be allocated to the company concerned at the time the licence is awarded. The Radio Authority will not have to wait until the company is actually broadcasting under a licence which is in force before allocating points. That brings the Bill into line with the approach currently adopted by the authority. The other amendments in this group are designed to remove the category of restricted radio licences from regulation under the radio points scheme. Restricted service licences are issued by the Radio Authority to permit broadcasting which is provided for a particular establishment or other defined location, or a particular event. Licences are issued on demand, and are normally valid for 28 days.

Following representations from the Radio Authority, the Government decided that there were good reasons for removing that category of licence from the points system. The inclusion of restricted radio licences in the points system unhelpfully distorts the market. However, we do not know what the future might hold. Amendment No. 209 empowers the Secretary of State to reinstate such licences, or any category of them, in the calculation and to specify a number of points to be assigned to them should concentrations of ownership threaten to cause a problem.

Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 196.--(Lord Inglewood.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

COMMONS AMENDMENTS

197

Schedule 2, page 97, line 21, leave out '(b) or (c)' and insert 'or (b)'.


198

Page 97, line 24, at end insert 'or have been awarded'.


199

Page 97, line 27, leave out ',(c)'.


200

Page 97, line 31, leave out ', local or restricted' and insert 'or local'.

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201

Page 97, line 32, after 'force' insert 'or have been awarded'.


202

Page 97, line 35, leave out 'two or more'.


203

Page 97, line 45, leave out ', local or restricted' and insert 'or local'.


204

Page 98, leave out lines 13 and 14.


205

Page 98, line 24, at end insert--


'(2A) No points shall be attributed to a national or local digital sound programme service unless the service is being provided.'.
206

Page 98, line 25, leave out ', local or restricted' and insert 'or local'.


207

Page 98, line 34, leave out ', local or restricted' and insert 'or local'.


208

Page 98, line 37, leave out ', local or restricted' and insert 'or local'.


209

Page 98, line 46, at beginning insert--


'(1) The Secretary of State may by order make such amendments of paragraphs 7 and 8 as he thinks fit for the purposes of including restricted radio services among the services referred to in any provision of paragraph 7 and of providing for the calculation of the points to be attributed to any such service, or any category of such service.
(2) '.
210

Page 99, line 24, at end insert--


'(2A) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(a) a person who is a participant with more than a 20 per cent. interest in a body corporate which holds a licence to provide a radio multiplex service but does not control that body shall be treated as holding the licence held by that body.
(2B) No one person may at any time--
(a) hold a licence to provide a radio multiplex service and be a participant with more than a 10 per cent. interest in more than one body corporate which holds any other such licence, or
(b) be a participant with more than a 10 per cent. interest in each of three or more bodies corporate which hold such licences.'.
211

Page 99, line 25, leave out from 'order' to end of line 26 and insert--


'(a) amend sub-paragraph (1), (2) or (2B) by substituting a different numerical limit for any numerical limit for the time being specified there, and
(b) amend sub-paragraph (2A) or (2B) by substituting a different percentage for any percentage for the time being specified there.'.

Lord Inglewood: My Lords, I beg to move that this House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 197 to 211. I have already spoken to these amendments.

Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 197 to 211.--(Lord Inglewood.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.


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