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Communications Bill


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Clause 3

 

THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS WILCOX

Page 3, line 7, at end insert—
"(   )  In conducting their duties under subsection (1), OFCOM shall have a primary responsibility to ensure that their actions are, at all times, governed by the principles under which regulatory activities should be transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent and targeted only at cases in which action is needed."
Page 3, line 34, leave out paragraph (b)
Page 3, line 39, leave out paragraph (d)
 

THE LORD CARTER

Page 4, line 15, after "choice," insert "accessibility and usability of services,"
 

Clause 12

 

THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS WILCOX

Page 13, line 9, at end insert "; and
(   )  evaluation of how functions carried out by the Content Board on the regulator's behalf impact negatively or positively (or both) on business competitiveness within the broadcasting sector and those companies affected by the activities of the Content Board."
Page 13, line 25, at end insert—
"(   )  In particular the Content Board must make OFCOM aware of the impact of carrying out its functions on the competitiveness of those companies affected."
 

Clause 15

 

THE VISCOUNT FALKLAND
THE LORD McNALLY

Page 17, line 4, leave out subsection (5)
Page 17, line 21, at end insert—
"(e)  to draw up and publish a memorandum of understanding with OFCOM"
Page 17, line 28, leave out from "information" to "; and" in line 31 and insert "it is necessary to disclose to the Panel for the purpose of enabling the Panel to carry out their functions, unless its disclosure would, or might, seriously and prejudicially affect the interests of an individual or of a particular body, having regard to the public interest"
 

Clause 17

 

THE VISCOUNT FALKLAND
THE LORD McNALLY

Page 19, line 27, at end insert—
"(7)  It shall be the responsibility of the Panel to report annually on how it has carried out its functions with regard to the interests of domestic consumers and small businesses in general, and with regard to representing the diversity of consumer interests."
 

Clause 118

 

THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS WILCOX

Page 112, line 18, at end insert—
"(   )  that the provisions of the code will not discourage innovation and investment in new forms of content-based communications services;"
 

Clause 173

 

THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS WILCOX

Page 160, line 12, at end insert—
  "and should be appropriate and proportionate to the contravention in respect of which it is imposed and the size of the entity on which it is imposed."
 

Clause 215

 

THE LORD CARTER

Page 191, line 18, after "form" insert "or for so long as the digital teletext service remains inaccessible to visually impaired and deafblind people"
 

Clause 233

 

THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS WILCOX

Page 208, line 42, at end insert—
"(8A)  OFCOM shall publish a statement setting out by what means complaints concerning a contravention of a licence condition may be made and how OFCOM will consider such a complaint.
(8B)  A statement under subsection (8A) shall include—
(a)  an account of arrangements for the publication of details of a complaint,
(b)  information on the time available for making representations, and
(c)  an account of the process of consideration between the making of complaints and the issuing of directions under this section."
 

Clause 241

 

THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS WILCOX

Page 216, line 41, at end insert—
"(   )  In considering whether to make an order under this section, the Secretary of State shall have regard to the desirability of promoting local television and, in particular, to providing for the replacement of existing analogue local television licences by digital licences."
 

Clause 273

 

THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS WILCOX

Page 245, line 15, after "programmes" insert "which are made by independent producers"
Page 245, line 21, at end insert—
"(   )  a reference to an independent producer is a reference to a producer who is not an employee of a broadcasting company and which is not a body corporate deriving more than 33% of its gross annual revenue from a related broadcaster; and
(   )  a reference to a "related broadcaster" is a reference to a broadcaster which is either wholly or partly owned by, or wholly or partly owns, a producer."
 

Clause 298

 

THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS WILCOX

Page 264, line 36, leave out "from time to time" and insert "at least once every three years"
 

THE LORD CARTER

Page 265, line 16, leave out "10" and insert "50"
Page 265, line 23, at end insert—
"(   )  The code must require that persons providing audio-description under this section provide this assistance in such a way that it reaches users of the service in an intelligible form."
 

Clause 304

 

THE LORD ADDINGTON

Page 269, line 11, at end insert—
"(   )  The code must include minimum requirements and best practice guidance on making electronic programme guides accessible to people who are blind, partially sighted or have other disabilities."

 
 
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