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Amendments to the Communications Bill

Communications Bill


AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE


 

After Clause 24

 

THE LORD PUTTNAM
THE LORD McNALLY
THE BARONESS COHEN

Insert the following new Clause—
  "Backstop powers in respect of training
(1)  In pursuance of their duty specified in section 24(1), OFCOM may, in the circumstances specified in subsection (2), exercise the powers granted under this section.
(2)  Those circumstances are that—
(a)  OFCOM is not satisfied that adequate opportunities for the training and retraining of persons for employment and work in connection with the provision of television and radio services are being provided, and
(b)  OFCOM is satisfied that the failings identified in accordance with paragraph (a) cannot be remedied by the exercise of their relevant powers under section 330.
(3)  OFCOM may impose a training levy to be fixed by OFCOM in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(4)  OFCOM shall not fix a training levy unless—
(a)  at the time the levy is fixed there is in force a statement by OFCOM of the principles that OFCOM are proposing to apply in—
(i)  fixing the levy; and
(ii)  distributing the receipts of the levy; and
(b)  the levy is fixed in accordance with those principles.
(5)  Those principles must be such as appear to OFCOM to be likely to secure that—
(a)  the levy is fixed in such a way as to ensure that levels of payment of the levy relate to the benefits to those paying the levy of the training and retraining to be provided; and
(b)  the money received from the levy is expended in ways that relate to OFCOM's duty aggregate amount of the charges payable to OFCOM in section 24(1)."
 

After Clause 26

 

THE LORD PUTTNAM
THE LORD CRICKHOWELL
THE LORD McNALLY
THE BARONESS COHEN

Insert the following new Clause—
  "Payment of certain legal costs
(1)  The Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, make grants to OFCOM of such sums as are specified in a statement published under subsection (2).
(2)  A statement under this subsection shall specify any costs or disbursements for which OFCOM are liable as a result of legal proceedings other than such costs or disbursements incurred directly by OFCOM or payable by OFCOM in consequence of their power under section 116.
(3)  Grants under this section shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament."

 
 
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