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              “(11A)                Section 396 of the Communications Act 2003 (procedure for

regulations and orders made by OFCOM) applies to the power of

OFCOM to make an order under this section.

              (11B)                The approval of the Secretary of State is required for the making by

OFCOM of an order under this section.

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              (11C)                A statutory instrument containing an order made by OFCOM under

this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution

of either House of Parliament.

              (11D)                In this section ‘OFCOM’ means the Office of Communications.”

  38      (1)      Section 8 of that Act (provisions for securing enforcement in relation to

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vehicles) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1)—

              (a)             for “to make regulations under the Vehicle Excise and Registration

Act 1994 as to” there shall be substituted “of the Secretary of State

under section 7(1) of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 to

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specify”; and

              (b)             for “provisions included in the regulations” there shall be substituted

“a requirement imposed”.

          (3)      In subsection (2), for “regulations made” there shall be substituted “a

requirement imposed”.

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  39       In section 13(1) of that Act (regulations and order to be made by statutory

instrument), for “or orders under” there shall be substituted “under Part 1

of”.

Countryside Act 1968

  40      (1)      The Countryside Act 1968 (c. 41) shall be amended as follows.

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          (2)      In section 41 (exceptions from powers to make byelaws etc.), in subsections

(4) and (12)—

              (a)             for “the running of a telecommunications code system” there shall be

substituted “the provision of an electronic communications code

network”;

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              (b)             for “the telecommunications code” there shall be substituted “the

electronic communications code”;

              (c)             for “such system” there shall be substituted “such network”.

          (3)      In paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 (exceptions from procedure for taking common

land)—

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              (a)             for “the telecommunications code” there shall be substituted “the

electronic communications code”;

              (b)             for “a telecommunications code system” there shall be substituted

“an electronic communications code network”.

Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1969

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  41       In section 7(6) of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1969

(c. lii) (effect of exercise of power to stop up streets)—

              (a)             for “the telecommunications code” there shall be substituted “the

electronic communications code”;

 

 

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              (b)             for “telecommunications code system” there shall be substituted

“electronic communications code network”.

Harbours Act (Northern Ireland) 1970

  42       In section 37 of the Harbours Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 (c. 1 (N.I.))

(application of telecommunications code for certain works)—

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              (a)             for “telecommunications code” there shall be substituted “electronic

communications code”; and

              (b)             for “telecommunication apparatus” there shall be substituted

“electronic communications apparatus”.

Thames Barrier and Flood Prevention Act 1972

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  43       In section 20(1)(a) of the Thames Barrier and Flood Prevention Act 1972

(c. xlv)(power to make subsidiary works etc.), for “telecommunication

installations” there shall be substituted “electronic communications

installations”.

Fair Trading Act 1973

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  44       In section 137(3) of the Fair Trading Act 1973 (c. 41) (meaning of “supply of

services”), for paragraph (f) there shall be substituted—

                    “(f)                      includes the making of arrangements, by means of such an

agreement as is mentioned in paragraph 29 of Schedule 2 to

the Telecommunications Act 1984, for the sharing of the use

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of any electronic communications apparatus, and”.

Drainage (Northern Ireland) Order 1973

  45       In paragraph 3 of Schedule 9 to the Drainage (Northern Ireland) Order 1973

(S.I. 1973/69 (N.I. 1))—

              (a)             for “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

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be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (b)             for “a telecommunications code system”, wherever occurring, there

shall be substituted “an electronic communications code network”;

              (c)             for “telecommunications code”, wherever occurring (except in the

expression “telecommunications code system”), there shall be

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substituted “electronic communications code”;

              (d)             for “any such system” and “that system” there shall be substituted,

respectively, “any such network” and “that network”.

Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1973

  46      (1)      In Article 57A(3)(b) of the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland)

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Order 1973 (S.I. 1973/70 (N.I. 2)) (civil liability of Department for escapes of

water)—

              (a)             for “telecommunications code” there shall be substituted “electronic

communications code”; and

              (b)             for “a telecommunication system” there shall be substituted “an

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electronic communications network”.

 

 

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          (2)      In Article 58(1) of that Order (protection for telegraph and telephone lines),

for “telecommunications” there shall be substituted “electronic

communications”.

Consumer Credit Act 1974

  47       In section 16(6) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (c. 39) (exempt agreements)

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for “public telecommunications operator specified in the order” there shall

be substituted “provider of a public electronic communications service who

is specified in the order”.

House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975

  48       In Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975

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(c. 24) (bodies of which all members are disqualified), in the appropriate

place, there shall be inserted—

                    “Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig”.

Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975

  49       In Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification

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Act 1975 (c. 25) (bodies of which all members are disqualified), in the

appropriate place, there shall be inserted—

                    “Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig”.

Welsh Development Agency Act 1975

  50      (1)      Section 19 of the Welsh Development Agency Act 1975 (c. 70) (the Agency

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and the media) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (9), for “the appropriate authority”, in both places, there shall

be substituted “the Office of Communications”.

          (3)      In subsection (11), in the definition of “relevant licence” for “the

Independent Television Commission or the Radio Authority” there shall be

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substituted “the Office of Communications”.

Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979

  51       In paragraph 14 of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations (Northern

Ireland) Order 1979 (S.I. 1979/1709 (N.I. 16)) (building regulations), for

“telecommunications services” there shall be substituted “communications

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services”.

Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980

  52      (1)      Part 3 of Schedule 28 to the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980

(c. 65) (provisions about land acquired by urban development corporations)

shall be amended as follows.

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          (2)      In paragraphs 5, 6, 13, 14 and 16—

              (a)             for “the telecommunications code”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “the electronic communications code”;

 

 

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              (b)             for “a telecommunications code system” and “any

telecommunications code system”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “an electronic communications code network”;

              (c)             for “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

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              (d)             for “such system” and “the system”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted, respectively, “such network” and “the network”.

Highways Act 1980

  53       In section 35(11)(c) and (12) of the Highways Act 1980 (c. 66) (regulation of

rights to maintain apparatus on walkways), for “telecommunications code

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systems” there shall be substituted “electronic communications code

networks”.

  54       In section 115D of that Act (limits on powers to restrict access to highways),

for paragraph (d) there shall be substituted—

                    “(d)                      as to prevent the operator of an electronic communications

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code network having access to any electronic

communications apparatus kept installed for the purposes of

that network under, in, on or over the highway.”

  55       In section 142(5) of that Act (protection of telecommunications apparatus by

conditions in licences to plant trees etc. in a highway), for

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“telecommunications code systems” there shall be substituted “electronic

communications code networks”.

  56      (1)      This paragraph applies to the following provisions of that Act—

              (a)             the definition of “statutory undertakers” in section 144(6) (power to

erect flagpoles etc. on highways);

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              (b)             the definition of “statutory undertakers” in section 169(4) (control of

scaffolding on highways);

              (c)             the definition of “statutory undertakers” in section 170(3) (control of

mixing mortar etc. on highways);

              (d)             section 177(4) and (12) (licence to build over highway not to interfere

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with telecommunications code systems);

              (e)             section 178(5) (exceptions to restriction on placing rails etc. over

highways);

              (f)             section 329(4A) (interpretation);

              (g)             section 334 (savings for operators of telecommunications code

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systems).

          (2)      In the provisions to which this paragraph applies—

              (a)             for “a telecommunications code system” and “any

telecommunications code system”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “an electronic communications code network”;

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              (b)             for “the telecommunications code system” there shall be substituted

“the electronic communications code network”;

              (c)             for “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (d)             for “telecommunications code”, wherever occurring (except in the

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expression “telecommunications code system”), there shall be

substituted “electronic communications code”;

 

 

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              (e)             for “system”, wherever occurring (except in the expression

“telecommunications code system”), there shall be substituted

“network”.

New Towns Act 1981

  57      (1)      This paragraph applies to the following provisions of the New Towns Act

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1981 (c. 64)—

              (a)             section 16(2) (exception to extinguishment of rights over land

compulsorily acquired);

              (b)             section 19(2) (saving from the power to override certain rights);

              (c)             section 24 (apparatus kept installed for purposes of

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telecommunications code system);

              (d)             section 26(8) (extinguishment of rights of way and removal of

apparatus);

              (e)             section 39(7) (power of development corporation to transfer

undertakings).

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          (2)      In the provisions to which this paragraph applies—

              (a)             for “in accordance with the telecommunications code”, wherever

occurring, there shall be substituted “in accordance with the

electronic communications code”;

              (b)             for “a telecommunications code system” and “any

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telecommunications code system”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “an electronic communications code network”;

              (c)             for “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (d)             for “the running of the telecommunications code system” there shall

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be substituted “the provision of the electronic communications code

network”;

              (e)             for “the running of such a system” there shall be substituted “the

provision of such a network”;

              (f)             for “such system” and “the system”, wherever occurring, there shall

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be substituted, respectively, “such network” and “the network”.

Acquisition of Land Act 1981

  58      (1)      The Acquisition of Land Act 1981 (c. 67) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In section 28 (acquisition of land by the creation of new rights), after

paragraph (h) there shall be inserted—

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                    “(i)                      paragraph 3(3) of Schedule 4 to the Communications Act

2003.”

          (3)      In section 32(6A) (exception to power to extinguish certain public rights of

way)—

              (a)             for the words from “telecommunication apparatus” to

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“telecommunications code system” there shall be substituted

“electronic communications apparatus kept installed for the

purposes of an electronic communications code network”; and

              (b)             in paragraph (a), for “system” there shall be substituted “network”.

 

 

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Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981

  59       In Article 159A of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (S.I. 1981/156

(N.I. 3)) (application of telecommunications code to the Northern Ireland

Housing Executive)—

              (a)             for “telecommunications code”, wherever occurring, there shall be

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substituted “electronic communications code”;

              (b)             for “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (c)             for “a telecommunications code system” there shall be substituted

“an electronic communications code network”;

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              (d)             for “that system” there shall be substituted “that network”.

Civil Aviation Act 1982

  60       In section 48(7)(b) of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (c. 16) (Secretary of State to

give notice of orders stopping up highways for civil aviation purposes), for

“a telecommunications code system” there shall be substituted “an

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electronic communications code network”.

Representation of the People Act 1983

  61       In section 92(1)(c) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2)

(broadcasting from outside the United Kingdom), for “the Independent

Television Commission or the Radio Authority” there shall be substituted

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“the Office of Communications”.

  62      (1)      Section 93 of that Act (broadcasting of local items during election period)

shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (4), for the words from the beginning to “each” there shall be

substituted “The Office of Communications shall”.

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          (3)      In subsection (6)—

              (a)             in the definition of “broadcasting authority”, for “the Independent

Television Commission, the Radio Authority” there shall be

substituted “the Office of Communications”;

              (b)             in the definition of “relevant services”, for paragraphs (b) and (c)

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there shall be substituted—

                           “(b)                             in relation to the Office of Communications, means

services licensed under Part 1 or 3 of the Broadcasting

Act 1990 or Part 1 or 2 of the Broadcasting Act 1996.”

Telecommunications Act 1984

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  63      (1)      Sections 44 to 46 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 (c. 12) (offences

relating to modification and interception of messages and to assaults on the

persons engaged on the business of a telecommunications operator) shall

cease to have effect.

          (2)      No proceedings shall be capable of being begun at any time after the

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commencement of this paragraph for any offence under any of those

sections which was committed before the commencement of this paragraph.

 

 

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          (3)      Any proceedings for an offence under any of those sections which have been

begun before the commencement of this paragraph but in which there has

not yet been a conviction must be discontinued immediately.

  64       In sections 79, 83, 85 and 86 of that Act (wireless telegraphy provisions), for

the words “the Secretary of State” and “The Secretary of State”, wherever

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occurring, there shall be substituted “OFCOM”.

  65       In section 79(6)(b) of that Act (seizure of apparatus etc.), for “section 80 or 81

below” there shall be substituted “Schedule 7 to the Communications Act

2003”.

  66      (1)      Section 83 of that Act (disposal of seized apparatus and property) shall be

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further amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsections (1)(b) and (2)(b), for “section 80 or 81 above”, in each place,

there shall be substituted “Schedule 7 to the Communications Act 2003”.

          (3)      In subsection (3), for “him” there shall be substituted “them”.

          (4)      In subsection (4), for “he thinks” there shall be substituted “they think”.

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  67      (1)      Section 84 of that Act (approval of wireless telegraphy apparatus) shall be

amended as follows.

          (2)      For the words “Secretary of State”, wherever occurring, except in subsection

(9), there shall be substituted “relevant authority”.

          (3)      In subsection (5), for “him” there shall be substituted “the relevant

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authority”.

          (4)      In subsection (8) for “his” there shall be substituted “the relevant

authority’s”.

          (5)      After subsection (8) there shall be inserted—

              “(8A)                Subject to subsection (8B), in this section ‘the relevant authority’

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means—

                    (a)                   in such cases as may be specified in an order made by the

Secretary of State, the Secretary of State; and

                    (b)                   in any other case, OFCOM.

              (8B)                Where an application for the purposes of this section is made to the

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Secretary of State or OFCOM and it appears to the person to whom

it is made that it should have been made to the other—

                    (a)                   that person shall refer the application to the other; and

                    (b)                   the application shall be proceeded with as if made to the

person to whom it is referred.”

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  68       Section 90 of that Act (funding of wireless interference service by the

Secretary of State) shall cease to have effect.

  69      (1)      Section 91 of that Act (construction of references to the conclusion of

proceedings) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1), for “under the 1949 Act or for the forfeiture of any

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apparatus under section 80 or 81 above” there shall be substituted “to which

section 79 above applies or for the forfeiture of any apparatus under

Schedule 7 to the Communications Act 2003”.

  70      (1)      Section 94 of that Act (directions in the interests of national security) shall be

amended as follows.

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