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“The

A person authorised

In relation to

 
 

Communications Act

to do so by the

premises at an

 
 

2003

British Broadcasting

address specified in

 
 

Section 360(1) and (2)

Corporation

the certificate,

 
 

(offence of

 

whether on a date so

 

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unauthorised

 

specified any

 
 

installation or use of

 

television licence (for

 
 

a television receiver)

 

the purposes of that

 
   

section) was, in

 
   

records maintained

 

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on behalf of the

 
   

Corporation in

 
   

relation to such

 
   

licences, recorded as

 
   

being in force; and, if

 

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so, particulars so

 
   

specified of such

 
   

record of that

 
   

licence.”

 

British Waterways Act 1995

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  134      In section 3(1) of the British Waterways Act 1995 (c. i) (interpretation), in the

definition of “relevant undertaker”, in paragraph (f), for the words from the

beginning to “in that Act)” there shall be substituted “any provider of an

electronic communications network having any electronic communications

apparatus”.

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Street Works (Northern Ireland) Order 1995

  135     (1)      Paragraph 7 of Schedule 2 to the Street Works (Northern Ireland) Order 1995

(S.I. 1995/3210 (N.I. 19)) (streets with special engineering difficulties) shall

be amended as follows.

          (2)      For “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall be

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substituted “electronic communications apparatus”.

          (3)      In sub-paragraph (3)(c)—

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

electronic communications network”;

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

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Housing Act 1996

  136      In section 16(7)(a) of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) (use of electronic

communications by tenant in exercise of right to acquire dwelling), for “a

telecommunication system (within the meaning of the Telecommunications

Act 1984)” there shall be substituted “an electronic communications

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network”.

 

 

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Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996

  137      In section 105(1)(b) of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration

Act 1996 (c. 53) (meaning of “construction operations”), for

“telecommunication apparatus” there shall be substituted “electronic

communications apparatus”.

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Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996

  138      In Schedule 6 to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996 (c. 61) (planning

conditions), in the table in paragraph 6(4) and the table in paragraph 15(4),

for “telecommunications masts”, in each place, there shall be substituted

“electronic communications masts”.

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  139     (1)      Part 4 of Schedule 15 to that Act (protection of telecommunications

operators) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In paragraph 1(1), for “telecommunications operator” there shall be

substituted “an operator of an electronic communications code network”.

          (3)      In paragraphs 2 to 4—

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

substituted “electronic communications code”;

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

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (c)             for “a telecommunications operator”, wherever occurring, there shall

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be substituted “an operator”;

              (d)             for “any telecommunications operator”, wherever occurring, there

shall be substituted “any operator of an electronic communications

code network”;

              (e)             for “the telecommunications operator”, wherever occurring, there

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shall be substituted “the operator”;

              (f)             for “telecommunications system” there shall be substituted

“electronic communications code network”.

          (4)      In paragraph 5—

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

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be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (b)             for “telecommunications operator”, in the first place where it occurs,

there shall be substituted “operator of an electronic communications

code network”;

              (c)             for “telecommunications operator”, in each other place where it

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occurs, there shall be substituted “operator”.

Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

  140      The Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/275 (N.I. 2)) shall be

amended as follows.

  141      In Article 44 (restrictions on disclosure of information)—

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              (a)             in paragraph (3)(b), for head (vi) there shall be substituted—

                                 “(vi)                                   the Office of Communications;”;

              (b)             in paragraph (4), after sub-paragraph (v) there shall be inserted—

                                 “(w)                                   the Communications Act 2003.”

 

 

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  142     (1)      Schedule 3 (other powers etc. of licence holders) shall be amended as

follows.

          (2)      In paragraph 1(1)—

              (a)             for “a public telecommunications operator” there shall be substituted

“an electronic communications code operator”;

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

“electronic communications network”.

          (3)      In paragraphs 4 and 6 for “public telecommunications operator” there shall

be substituted “electronic communications code operator”.

          (4)      In paragraphs 3(1), (2) and (3), 5(1) and (2), 6(1) and 8—

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

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

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

be substituted “an electronic communications network”;

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

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substituted “electronic communications code”.

Construction Contracts (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

  143      In Article 4(1)(b) of the Construction Contracts (Northern Ireland) Order

1997 (S.I. 1997/274 (N.I. 1)) (meaning of “construction operations”), for

“telecommunication apparatus” there shall be substituted “electronic

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communications apparatus”.

Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

  144      In Article 2(2) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland)

Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/2778 (N.I. 19)) (meaning of “industrial waste” for

“telecommunication services”) there shall be substituted “communications

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services”.

Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998

  145      Subject to any other amendment made by any other provision of this Act, in

sections 1 to 4 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998 (c. 6), for the words “the

Secretary of State”, “Secretary of State” and “The Secretary of State”,

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wherever occurring, there shall be substituted “OFCOM”.

  146      In section 1 of that Act (charges for wireless telegraphy licences)—

              (a)                             in subsection (2)(b), for “the issue or renewal of the licence” there

shall be substituted “the issue of the licence or the making of the

grant”;

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              (b)             in subsection (3)(c), for the words “the Secretary of State thinks”,

there shall be substituted “OFCOM think”;

              (c)             in subsection (4), for the words “he thinks”, there shall be substituted

“they think”; and

              (d)             in subsection (5), at the end there shall be inserted “or any grant of

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recognised spectrum access made in accordance with regulations

under section 3A”.

 

 

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  147      For section 2 of that Act there shall be substituted—

       “2            Matters to be taken into account

              (1)                             This section applies where OFCOM exercise any of their powers

under section 1 to prescribe sums payable in respect of any

description of wireless telegraphy licence or of grant of recognised

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spectrum access, other than a power to prescribe sums payable

where—

                    (a)                   a wireless telegraphy licence is varied or revoked at the

request or with the consent of the licence holder; or

                    (b)                   a grant of recognised spectrum access is varied or revoked at

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the request or with the consent of the holder of the grant.

              (2)                             OFCOM may, if they think fit in the light (in particular) of the

matters to which they are required to have regard under section 152

of the Communications Act 2003, prescribe sums which would be

greater than those that would be necessary for the purposes of

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recovering costs incurred by them in connection with functions

under the enactments relating to the management of the radio

spectrum.

              (3)             In this section—

                                      ‘the enactments relating to the management of the radio

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spectrum’ has the same meaning as in the Communications

Act 2003;

                                      ‘prescribe’ means prescribe by regulations or determine in

accordance with regulations.”

  148     (1)      Section 4 of that Act (restriction on revocation or variation of licences) shall

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be amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1), for the words “him” and “his” there shall be substituted,

respectively, “them” and “their”.

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

  149     (1)      After section 4 of that Act there shall be inserted—

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       “4A            Recovery of sums payable to OFCOM

Where any sum is required to be paid to OFCOM—

                           (a)                          under any provision of this Act,

                           (b)                          in pursuance of any provision of regulations under

this Act, or

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                           (c)                          by virtue of any terms or conditions contained by

virtue of this Act in a wireless telegraphy licence, or in

a grant of recognised spectrum access,

            that sum shall be so paid to them as soon as it becomes due in

accordance with that provision, or those terms or conditions, and if

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not paid is to be recoverable by them accordingly.”

          (2)      This paragraph does not apply to a sum that first became payable before the

coming into force of this paragraph.

 

 

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  150      For section 6 of that Act there shall be substituted—

       “6                        Regulations

              (1)             Section 400 of the Communications Act 2003 (procedure for

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

OFCOM to make regulations under a provision of this Act.

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              (2)             Subsections (4) to (6) of that section shall not apply in any case in

which it appears to OFCOM that by reason of the urgency of the

matter it is inexpedient to publish a notice in accordance with

subsection (4)(b) of that section.

              (3)             Subsections (4) to (6) of that section shall not apply in the case of any

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regulations under section 3 or 3A modifying previous regulations

under that section in a case not falling within subsection (2) if it

appears to OFCOM—

                    (a)                   that the modifications would not adversely affect the

interests of any person or otherwise put him in a worse

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position or, as regards someone else, put him at a

disadvantage; and

                    (b)                   in so far as the modifications affect a procedure that has

already begun, that no person would have acted differently

had the modifications come into force before the procedure

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began.”

  151     (1)      Section 8 of that Act (interpretation) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      After “In this Act—” there shall be inserted—

                                      “‘grant of recognised spectrum access’ means a grant of

recognised spectrum access made under section 157 of the

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Communications Act 2003;

                                      ‘OFCOM’ means the Office of Communications;”.

          (3)      After the definition of “wireless telegraphy licence” there shall be inserted—

                              “and references in this Act to the issue of a wireless telegraphy

licence or the making of a grant of recognised spectrum access

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include references to the issue of such a licence, or the making of a

grant of such access, by way of renewal of a previous licence or

grant.”

Finance Act 1998

  152      In section 118(1) of the Finance Act 1998 (c. 36) (claims for income tax

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purposes), for “a telecommunication system (within the meaning of the

Telecommunications Act 1984)” there shall be substituted “an electronic

communications service”.

Competition Act 1998

  153     (1)      Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998 (c. 41) (members of Commission

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appointed under certain enactments) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In paragraph 2(1)(d), for sub-paragraph (iii) there shall be substituted—

                      “(iii)                        section 192(1) of the Communications Act 2003;”.

          (3)      In paragraph 19A(9), in the definition of “special reference group”, after

 

 

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paragraph (n) there shall be inserted “or

                      (o)                        section 191 of the Communications Act 2003.”

  154      In paragraph 1 of Schedule 7A to that Act (procedural rules), in the

definition of “special investigation”, for “and (n)” there shall be substituted

“, (n) and (o)”.

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Regional Development Agencies Act 1998

  155     (1)      Schedule 6 to the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 (c. 45) (land

acquired by regional development agencies) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In paragraphs 1, 2, 8, 9 and 11—

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

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be substituted “the electronic communications code”;

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

telecommunications code system”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “an electronic communications code network”;

              (c)             for “telecommunications apparatus” and “telecommunication

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apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall be substituted

“electronic communications apparatus”;

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

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

Finance Act 1999

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  156      In section 132(10) of the Finance Act 1999 (c. 16) (power to provide for use of

electronic communications), for “a telecommunication system (within the

meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1984)” there shall be substituted

“an electronic communications service”.

Greater London Authority Act 1999

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  157     (1)      Section 235 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c. 29) (restrictions on

disclosure of information) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (2)(c), for sub-paragraph (iv) there shall be substituted—

                           “(iv)                             the Office of Communications,”.

          (3)      In subsection (3), after paragraph (rs) there shall be inserted—

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                    “(rt)                      the Communications Act 2003;”.

Electronic Communications Act 2000

  158      In section 15(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 (c. 7) (general

interpretation), in the definition of “electronic communication”, for “a

telecommunication system (within the meaning of the Telecommunications

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Act 1984)” there shall be substituted “an electronic communications

network”.

Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Act 2000

  159      In section 5 of the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Act 2000

(c. 15) (interpretation)—

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              (a)             for the definitions of “the BBC” and “television licence” there shall be

 

 

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substituted—

                                                   “‘the BBC’ means the British Broadcasting

Corporation;”;

              (b)             after the definition of “prescribed” there shall be inserted—

                                                   “‘television licence’ means a licence for the purposes of

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section 360 of the Communications Act 2003;”.

Finance Act 2000

  160      In paragraph 8 of Schedule 38 to the Finance Act 2000 (c. 17) (regulations for

providing incentives for electronic communications), in the definition of

“electronic communications”, for “a telecommunication system (within the

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meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1984)” there shall be substituted

“an electronic communications service”.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

  161     (1)               The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (c. 23) shall be amended as

follows.

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          (2)               In section 26(6)(a) (surveillance carried out for detecting unlicensed TV use),

for “section 1 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949)” there shall be

substituted “Part 4 of the Communications Act 2003)”.

          (3)               In Part 1 of Schedule 1 (relevant public authorities for the purposes of

sections 28 and 29 of that Act), after paragraph 23 there shall be inserted—

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          “23A                  The Office of Communications.”

Postal Services Act 2000

  162     (1)      The Postal Services Act 2000 (c. 26) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In section 125(2)(a) (communications delivered otherwise than

electronically), for “a telecommunication system (within the meaning of the

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Telecommunications Act 1984)” there shall be substituted “an electronic

communications network”.

          (3)      In paragraph 3 of Schedule 7 (disclosure of information)—

              (a)             in sub-paragraph (2), for paragraph (f) there shall be substituted—

                             “(f)                               the Office of Communications,”;

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              (b)             in sub-paragraph (3), after paragraph (gh) there shall be inserted—

                             “(gi)                               the Communications Act 2003,”.

Utilities Act 2000

  163     (1)      Section 105 of the Utilities Act 2000 (c. 27) (general restrictions on disclosure

of information) shall be amended as follows.

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          (2)      In subsection (5), for paragraph (d) there shall be substituted—

                    “(d)                      the Office of Communications;”.

          (3)      In subsection (6), after paragraph (s) there shall be inserted—

                    “(t)                      the Communications Act 2003.”

 

 

 
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