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Telecommunications Act 1984

1984 CHAPTER 12

An Act to provide for the appointment and functions of a Director General of Telecommunications; to abolish British Telecommunications’ exclusive privilege with respect to telecommunications and to make new provision with respect to the provision of telecommunication services and certain related services; to make provision, in substitution for the Telegraph Acts 1863 to 1916 and Part IV of the Post Office Act 1969, for the matters there dealt with and related matters; to provide for the vesting of property, rights and liabilities of British Telecommunications in a company nominated by the Secretary of State and the subsequent dissolution of British Telecommunications; to make provision with respect to the finances of that company; to amend the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 1949 to 1967, to make further provision for facilitating enforcement of those Acts and otherwise to make provision with respect to wireless telegraphy apparatus and certain related apparatus; to give statutory authority for the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in providing a radio interference service; to increase the maximum number of members of British Telecommunications pending its dissolution; and for connected purposes.

[12th April 1984]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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C1Act amended (1.4.1996) by S.I. 1996/593, reg. 2, Sch. 1

C2Act modified (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 for further specified purposes) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 404, 406, 408, 411 (with Sch. 18); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2) (with art. 11)

Part IE+W+S+N.I. Introductory

1 The Director General of Telecommunications.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Secretary of State shall appoint an officer to be known as the Director General of Telecommunications (in this Act referred to as “the Director”) for the purpose of performing the functions assigned or transferred to the Director by or under this Act.

(2)An appointment of a person to hold office as the Director shall not be for a term exceeding five years; but previous appointment to that office shall not affect eligibility for re-appointment.

(3)The Director may at any time resign his office as the Director by notice in writing addressed to the Secretary of State; and the Secretary of State may remove any person from that office on the ground of incapacity or misbehaviour.

(4)Subject to subsections (2) and (3) above, the Director shall hold and vacate office as such in accordance with the terms of his appointment.

(5)The Director may appoint such staff as he may think fit, subject to the approval of the Treasury as to numbers and as to terms and conditions of service.

(6)There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament the remuneration of, and any travelling or other allowances payable under this Act to, the Director and any staff of the Director, any sums payable under this Act to or in respect of the Director and any expenses duly incurred by the Director or by any of his staff [F1in consequence of the provisions of—

(a)this Act;

(b)the Telecommunications (Open Network Provision) (Voice Telephony) Regulations 1998; or

(c)the Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations 1999.]

(7)The provisions of Schedule 1 to this Act shall have effect with respect to the Director.

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Amendments (Textual)

F1Words in s. 1(6) substituted (1.3.2000) by S.I. 1999/2093, reg. 3(3), Sch. 1 Pt. II para. 1

2 Abolition of British Telecommunications’ exclusive privilege.E+W+S+N.I.

[F2As from such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint for the purposes of Parts II to IV of this Act (in this Act referred to as “the appointed day”), the exclusive privilege of running telecommunication systems conferred on British Telecommunications by section 12 of the M1British Telecommunications Act 1981 (in this Act referred to as “the 1981 Act”) shall cease to exist.]

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F2S. 2 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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3 General duties of Secretary of State and Director.E+W+S+N.I.

[F3(1)The Secretary of State and the Director shall each have a duty to exercise the functions assigned or transferred to him by or under Part II or Part III of this Act in the manner which he considers is best calculated—

(a)to secure that there are provided throughout the United Kingdom, save in so far as the provision thereof is impracticable or not reasonably practicable, such telecommunication services as satisfy all reasonable demands for them including, in particular, emergency services, public call box services, directory information services, maritime services and services in rural areas; and

(b)without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a) above, to secure that any person by whom any such services fall to be provided is able to finance the provision of those services.

(2)Subject to subsection (1) above, the Secretary of State and the Director shall each have a duty to exercise the functions assigned or transferred to him by or under Part II or Part III of this Act in the manner which he considers is best calculated—

(a)to promote the interests of consumers, purchasers and other users in the United Kingdom (including, in particular, those who are disabled or of pensionable age) in respect of the prices charged for, and the quality and variety of, telecommunication services provided and telecommunication apparatus supplied;

(b)to maintain and promote effective competition between persons engaged in commercial activities connected with telecommunications in the United Kingdom;

(c)to promote efficiency and economy on the part of such persons;

(d)to promote research into and the development and use of new techniques by such persons;

(e)to encourage major users of telecommunication services whose places of business are outside the United Kingdom to establish places of business in the United Kingdom;

(f)to promote the provision of international transit services by persons providing telecommunication services in the United Kingdom;

(g)to enable persons providing telecommunications services in the United Kingdom to compete effectively in the provision of such services outside the United Kingdom;

(h)to enable persons producing telecommunication apparatus in the United Kingdom to compete effectively in the supply of such apparatus both in and outside the United Kingdom.

(3)Subsections (1) and (2) above do not apply in relation to anything done—

(a)by the Secretary of State in the interests of national security or relations with the government of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom; or

(b)in the exercise of functions assigned or transferred by or under [F4section 50(1) or (2)] below;

and subsection (2) above does not apply in relation to anything done in the exercise of functions assigned by section 10(3) or (8) or 52 below.

[F5(3A)Subsections (1) and (2) above do not apply in relation to the determination of disputes by the Director under or by virtue of section 27A, 27F, 27G or 27I below.]

[F6(3B)Subsections (1) and (2) above do not apply in relation to anything done by the Director in the exercise of functions assigned to him by section 50(3) below (“Competition Act functions”).

F6(3C)The Director may nevertheless, when exercising any Competition Act function, have regard to any matter in respect of which a duty is imposed by subsection (1) or (2) above (“a general matter”), if it is a matter to which [F7the Office of Fair Trading] could have regard when exercising that function; but that is not to be taken as implying that, in relation to any of the matters mentioned in subsection (3) or (3A) above, regard may not be had to any general matter.]

(4)In this section “international transit service” means a telecommunications service consisting in the conveyance of sounds, visual images or signals which have been conveyed from, and are to be conveyed to, places outside the United Kingdom.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F3S. 3 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F4Words in s. 3(3)(b) substituted (26.11.1998 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. II para. 2(3); S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

F5S. 3(3A) inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 56(6), Sch. 1 para. 1; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F6S. 3(3B)(3C) inserted (26.11.1998 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 41, s. 66(5), Sch. 10 Pt. II para. 2(4); S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

F7Words in s. 3(3C) substituted (1.4.2003) by 2002 c. 40, ss. 278, 279, Sch. 25 para. 13(2); S.I. 2003/766, art. 2, Sch. (with transitional and transitory provisions in art. 3)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C4Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

4 Meaning of “telecommunication system” and related expressions.E+W+S+N.I.

[F8(1)In this Act “telecommunication system” means a system for the conveyance, through the agency of electric, magnetic, electro-magnetic, electro-chemical or electro-mechanical energy, of—

(a)speech, music and other sounds;

(b)visual images;

(c)signals serving for the impartation (whether as between persons and persons, things and things or persons and things) of any matter otherwise than in the form of sounds or visual images; or

(d)signals serving for the actuation or control of machinery or apparatus.

(2)For the purposes of this Act telecommunication apparatus which is situated in the United Kingdom and—

(a)is connected to and comprised in a telecommunication system; or

(b)is connected to but not comprised in a telecommunication system which extends beyond the United Kingdom,

shall be regarded as a telecommunication system and any person who controls the apparatus shall be regarded as running the system.

(3)In this Act—

  • commercial activities connected with telecommunications” means any of the following, that is to say, the provision of telecommunication services, the supply or export of telecommunication apparatus and the production or acquisition of such apparatus for supply or export;

  • telecommunication apparatus” means (except where the extended definition in Schedule 2 to this Act applies) apparatus constructed or adapted for use—

    (a)

    in transmitting or receiving anything falling within paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (1) above which is to be or has been conveyed by means of a telecommunication system; or

    (b)

    in conveying, for the purposes of such a system, anything falling within those paragraphs;

  • telecommunication service” means any of the following, that is to say—

    (a)

    a service consisting in the conveyance by means of a telecommunication system of anything falling within paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (1) above;

    (b)

    a directory information service, that is to say, a service consisting in the provision by means of a telecommunication system of directory information for the purpose of facilitating the use of a service falling within paragraph (a) above and provided by means of that system; and

    (c)

    a service consisting in the installation, maintenance, adjustment, repair, alteration, moving, removal or replacement of apparatus which is or is to be connected to a telecommunication system.

(4)Subject to subsection (6) below, a telecommunication system is connected to another telecommunication system for the purposes of this Act if it is being used, or is installed or connected for use, in conveying anything falling within paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (1) above which is to be or has been conveyed by means of that other system.

(5)Subject to subsection (6) below, apparatus is connected to a telecommunication system for the purposes of this Act if it is being used, or is installed or connected for use—

(a)in transmitting or receiving anything falling within paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (1) above which is to be or has been conveyed by means of that system; or

(b)in conveying, for the purposes of that system, anything falling within those paragraphs;

and references in this subsection to anything falling within those paragraphs shall include references to energy of any kind mentioned in that subsection.

(6)The connection to a telecommunication system of any other telecommunication system or any apparatus shall not be regarded as a connection for the purposes of this Act if that other telecommunication system or that apparatus would not be so connected but for its connection to another telecommunication system.

(7)In this section, except subsection (1) above, “convey” includes transmit, switch and receive and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F8S. 4 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C5S. 4(1): definition of "telecommunication system" applied (E.W.) (14.7.1992) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 63(1), Sch. 4 para. 7(4); S.I. 1992/1686, art. 3, Sch.

C6S. 4(1): definition of "telecommunication system" applied (S.) (14.7.1992) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 122(1), Sch. 6 para. 7(4); S.I. 1992/1671, art. 2, Sch.

Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Provision of Telecommunication Services

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C7Pt. II (ss. 5-46) excluded (23.6.1999) by S.I. 1999/1736, art. 7(4)

Licensing etc. of telecommunication systemsE+W+S+N.I.

5 Prohibition on running unlicensed systems.E+W+S+N.I.

[F9(1)Subject to the provisions of this section and section 6 below, a person who runs a telecommunication system within the United Kingdom shall be guilty of an offence unless he is authorised to run the system by a licence granted under section 7 below.

(2)Subject to the provisions of this section, a person who runs within the United Kingdom a telecommunication system which he is authorised to run by a licence granted under section 7 below shall be guilty of an offence if—

(a)there is connected to the system—

(i)any other telecommunication system; or

(ii)any apparatus,

which is not authorised by the licence to be so connected; or

(b)there are provided by means of the system any telecommunication services which are not authorised by the licence to be so provided.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(4)Where the commission by any person of an offence under this section is due to the act or default of some other person, that other person shall be guilty of the offence; and a person may be charged with and convicted of the offence by virtue of this subsection whether or not proceedings are taken against the first-mentioned person.

(5)In any proceedings for an offence under this section it shall, subject to subsection (6) below, be a defence for the person charged to prove that he took all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid committing the offence.

(6)Where the defence provided by subsection (5) above involves an allegation that the commission of the offence was due to the act or default of another person, the person charged shall not, without leave of the court, be entitled to rely on that defence unless, within a period ending seven clear days before the hearing, he has served on the prosecutor a notice in writing giving such information identifying or assisting in the identification of that other person as was then in his possession.

(7)No proceedings shall be instituted in England and Wales or Northern Ireland in respect of an offence under this section except by or on behalf of the Secretary of State or the Director.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F9S. 5 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(a), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C8Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

6 Exceptions to section 5.E+W+S+N.I.

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(2)Section 5(1) above is not contravened by—

(a)the running of a telecommunication system in the case of which the only agency involved in the conveyance of things thereby conveyed is light and the things thereby conveyed are so conveyed as to be capable of being received or perceived by the eye and without more;

(b)the running by a person of a telecommunication system which is not connected to another telecommunication system and in the case of which all the apparatus comprised therein is situated either—

(i)on a single set of premises in single occupation; or

(ii)in a vehicle, vessel, aircraft or hovercraft or in two or more vehicles, vessels, aircraft or hovercraft mechanically coupled together; or

(c)the running by a single individual of a telecommunication system which is not connected to another telecommunication system and in the case of which—

(i)all the apparatus comprised therein is under his control; and

(ii)everything conveyed by it that falls within paragraphs (a) to (d) of section 4(1) above is conveyed solely for domestic purposes of his;

and references in paragraphs (b) and (c) above to another telecommunication system do not include references to [F12a telecommunication system to which subsection (2A) below applies] (whether run by a broadcasting authority or by any other person).

[F13(2A)This subsection applies to a telecommunication system in the case of which every conveyance made by it is either—

(a)a transmission, by wireless telegraphy, from a transmitting station for general reception of sounds, visual images or such signals as are mentioned in paragraph (c) of section 4(1) above; or

(b)a conveyance within a single set of premises of sounds, visual images or such signals which are to be or have been so transmitted.]

(3)In the case of a business carried on by a person, section 5(1) above is not contravened by the running, for the purposes of that business, of a telecommunication system which is not connected to another telecommunication system and with respect to which the conditions specified in subsection (4) below are satisfied.

(4)The said conditions are—

(a)that no person except the person carrying on the business is concerned in the control of the apparatus comprised in the system;

(b)that nothing falling within paragraphs (a) to (d) of section 4(1) above is conveyed by the system by way of rendering a service to another;

(c)that, in so far as sounds or visual images are conveyed by the system, they are not conveyed for the purpose of their being heard or seen by persons other than the person carrying on the business or any employees of his engaged in the conduct thereof;

(d)that in so far as such signals are mentioned in paragraph (c) of section 4(1) above are conveyed by the system, they are not conveyed for the purpose of imparting matter otherwise than to the person carrying on the business, any employees of his engaged in the conduct thereof or things used in the course of the business and controlled by him; and

(e)that, in so far as such signals as are mentioned in paragraph (d) of section 4(1) above are conveyed by the system, they are not conveyed for the purpose of actuating or controlling machinery or apparatus used otherwise than in the course of the business.

(5)In this section—

  • broadcasting authority” means a person licensed under the M2Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 to broadcast programmes for general reception;

  • business” includes a trade, profession or employment and includes any activity carried on by a body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporate;

  • vessel” means a vessel of any description used in navigation;

  • wireless telegraphy” has the same meaning as in the said Act of 1949.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F10S. 6 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(a), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C9Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss.47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

C10S. 6(2)(b) excluded (with saving) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 2(1)(2)

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7 Power to license systems.E+W+S+N.I.

[F14(1)A licence may be granted—

(a)by the Secretary of State after consultation with the Director; or

(b)with the consent of, or in accordance with a general authorisation given by, the Secretary of State, by the Director,

for the running of any such telecommunication system as is specified in the licence or is of a description so specified.

(2)A licence granted under this section shall be in writing and, unless previously revoked in accordance with any term in that behalf contained in the licence, shall continue in force for such period as may be specified in or determined by or under the licence.

(3)A licence granted under this section may be granted either to all persons, to persons of a class or to a particular person.

[F15(3A)In granting a licence under this section for the running of a telecommunication system to which the Licensing Directive applies the Secretary of State and the Director shall ensure that the requirements of Article 7 of the Licensing Directive are complied with.]

(4)A licence granted under this section may authorise—

(a)the connection to any telecommunication system to which the licence relates of—

(i)any other telecommunication system specified in the licence or of a description so specified; and

(ii)any apparatus so specified or of a description so specified; and

(b)the provision by means of any telecommunication system to which the licence relates of any telecommunication services specified in the licence or of a description so specified.

(5)A licence granted under this section may include—

(a)such conditions (whether relating to the running of a telecommunication system to which the licence relates or otherwise) as appear to the Secretary of State or the Director to be requisite or expedient having regard to the duties imposed on him by section 3 above [F16the provisions of Articles 4(1), 8(1) and 8(2) of the Licensing Directive and the obligations imposed on him in pursuance of the Telecommunications (Interconnection) Regulations 1997][F17or by regulation 30 of the Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations 1999];

(b)conditions requiring the rendering to the Secretary of State of a payment on the grant of the licence or payments during the currency of the licence or both of such amount or amounts as may be determined by or under the licence; and

[F18(c)in the case of a licence granted to persons of a class, conditions requiring any person who falls within the class of persons to which the licence relates to notify the Secretary of State or the Director of his intention to run a telecommunication system under that licence.]

(6)Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a) of subsection (5) above, conditions included by virtue of that paragraph in a licence granted under this section to a particular person may require that person—

(a)to comply with any direction given by the Director as to such matters as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified;

(b)except in so far as the Director consents to his doing or not doing them, not to do or to do such things as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified; and

(c)to refer for determination by the Director such questions arising under the licence as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified.

[F19(6A)Where the Secretary of State or the Director receives an application for a licence to run a telecommunication system which cannot be run in accordance with the terms of a current licence which has been granted to persons of a class, he shall, subject to any time limits for the grant of licences specified in the procedures referred to in subsection (2) of section 7A below—

(a)grant a temporary licence containing such conditions as he considers appropriate to enable the applicant to commence running that system; or

(b)reject the application.

F19(6B)Where the Secretary of State or the Director grants a temporary licence under subsection (6A) above he shall, as soon as possible thereafter, either replace it with another licence granted under this section containing such conditions as he considers appropriate, or revoke it.]

[F20(7)A licence granted under this section otherwise than to a particular person, and the details of the procedures applying to the grant of such a licence, shall be published in such manner as the Secretary of State or the Director considers appropriate for bringing the licence or procedures to the attention of such persons who may be interested and a reference to such publication shall also be published in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes.]

(8)A copy of every licence granted under this section by the Secretary of State shall be sent to the Director.

(9)Any sums received by the Secretary of State under this section shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

(10)Neither the requirement to consult with the Director imposed by subsection (1)(a) above nor sections 8(5) and 10(6) below shall apply to the granting by the Secretary of State of the licence or licences which, having regard to the provisions of this Act, require to be granted (whether to British Telecommunications or to any other person) before the appointed day.

[F21(10A)Before the Secretary of State or the Director decides whether to grant or revoke a licence under this section which authorises the running of a telecommunication system to which subsection (10B) below applies, he shall consult with the [F22Independent Television Commission]

(10B)A telecommunication system is one to which this subsection applies if—

(a)any person proposes to provide or is providing, by means of the system, a [F23local delivery service (within the meaning of Part II of the Broadcasting Act 1990)]; and

(b)notice of that fact has been given to the Secretary of State or the Director.]

(11)Where a licence granted under this section to a particular person includes a provision requiring that person to run any telecommunication system to which the licence relates through the agency of some other person, that other person, as well as the first mentioned person, shall be taken for the purposes of this section and the following provisions of this Part to be authorised by that licence to run that system.

[F24(12)Where the Secretary of State or the Director proposes—

(a)to revoke a licence granted to persons of a class; or

(b)to refuse to grant a licence to, or to revoke a licence, granted to a particular person, including a temporary licence granted under subsection (6A) above,

he shall give notice of his proposal in accordance with subsection (13) below and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

F24(13)The Secretary of State or the Director shall—

(a)in the case of a licence referred to in subsection (12)(a) above, publish in such manner as he thinks appropriate a notice stating the reasons why he proposes to revoke the licence and specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication) within which representations or objections with respect to the revocation may be made;

(b)in the case of a licence referred to in subsection (12)(b) above, give to the person applying for or holding the licence a notice stating the reasons why he proposes to refuse to grant, or to revoke, the licence and specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of the notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the refusal or revocation may be made.

F24(14)After the Secretary of State or the Director has confirmed or withdrawn a proposal published or notified under subsection (13) above he shall—

(a)in the case of a licence referred to in subsection (12)(a) above, publish in such manner as he thinks appropriate;

(b)in the case of a licence referred to in subsection (12)(b) above, give to the person applying for or holding the licence,

a notice in accordance with subsection (15) below.

F24(15)The notice required by subsection (14) above shall—

(a)state whether the proposal has been confirmed or withdrawn;

(b)give reasons for that decision;

(c)in the case of a decision to revoke the licence, specify the date on which the licence ceases to have effect.

F24(16)In this section—

  • Licensing Directive” means Directive 97/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on a common framework for general authorisations and individual licences in the field of telecommunication services. F25.]]

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F14S. 7 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(a), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F15S. 7(3A) inserted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(2)

F16Words in s. 7(5)(a) inserted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(3)(a)

F18S. 7(5)(c) substituted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(3)(b)

F19S. 7(6A)(6B) inserted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(4)

F20S. 7(7) substituted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(5)

F22Words substituted by Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42, SIF 96), ss. 4(6), 87(6),203(1), Sch. 20 para. 38(2)(a)

F23Words substituted by Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42, SIF 96), ss. 4(6), 87(6),203(1), Sch. 20 para. 38(2)(b)

F24S. 7(12)-(16) inserted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(6)

F25O.J. No. L117, 7.5.97, p.15.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C11Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss.47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

S. 7 modified (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 4(1)(2)

[F267A Licensing proceduresE+W+S+N.I.

[F27(1)Licences granted under section 7 above to particular persons shall be granted on the basis of procedures established by the Secretary of State or the Director, details of which shall be contained in a notice given by him.

(2)The details given in a notice under subsection (1) above in relation to any licences shall include—

(a)time limits for dealing with applications for the grant of a licence;

(b)requirements which must be met for the grant of a licence;

(c)information about the conditions to be included in a licence;

(d)details of the fees or the method of calculating the fees payable in respect of a licence.

(3)Where the person applying for a licence fails to provide any information which the Secretary of State or the Director reasonably requires in order to satisfy himself that the applicant is able to comply with the conditions in the licence the Secretary of State or the Director may refuse to grant the licence.

(4)A notice under this section shall be published in such manner as the Secretary of State or the Director considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of those likely to be affected by them, and a reference to such notice shall also be published in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes.]]

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F26S. 7A inserted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(7)

F27S. 7A repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(a), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

8 Special provisions applicable to certain licences.E+W+S+N.I.

[F28(1)This section applies to any licence granted under section 7 above to a particular person which includes conditions requiring that person—

(a)to provide such telecommunication services as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified;

(b)to connect to any telecommunication system to which the licence relates, or permit the connection to any such system of, such other telecommunication systems and such apparatus as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified;

(c)to permit the provision by means of any telecommunication system to which the licence relates of such services as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified;

(d)not to show undue preference to, or to exercise undue discrimination against, particular persons or persons of any class or description (including, in particular, persons in rural areas) as respects any service provided, connection made or permission given in pursuance of such conditions as are mentioned in the foregoing paragraphs (whether in respect of the charges or other terms or conditions applied or otherwise); and

(e)to publish, in such manner and at such times as are specified in the licence, a notice specifying, or specifying the method that is to be adopted for determining, the charges and other terms and conditions that are to be applicable to such services so provided, such connections so made and such permissions so given as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified.

(2)Where a licence granted under section 7 above to a particular person includes a condition requiring that person to provide such directory information services to which this subsection applies as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified, subsection (1) above shall have effect as if the conditions there mentioned included a condition requiring that person to provide without charge for subscribers who are blind or otherwise disabled such directory information services to which this subsection applies as are appropriate to meet the needs of those subscribers and are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified.

(3)Subsection (2) above applies to any directory information service which is provided for the purpose of facilitating the use of a voice telephony service and in that subsection “blind or otherwise disabled” means so blind or otherwise disabled as to be unable to use a telephone directory.

(4)It is immaterial for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2) above whether the person to whom the licence is granted is required to refer for determination by the Director such questions arising under the conditions mentioned in those subsections as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified.

(5)Before granting a licence to which this section applies, the Secretary of State or the Director shall give notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to grant the licence and setting out its effect;

(b)stating the reasons why be proposes to grant the licence; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of the notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed licence may be made,

and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(6)A notice under subsection (5) above shall be given by publication in such manner as the Secretary of State or the Director considers appropriate for bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F28S. 8 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(a), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

9 Public telecommunication systems.E+W+S+N.I.

[F29(1)The Secretary of State may by order designate as a public telecommunication system any telecommunication system the running of which is authorised by a licence to which section 8 above applies; and any reference in this Act to a public telecommunication system is a reference to a telecommunication system which is so designed and the running of which is so authorised.

(2)An order under subsection (1) above shall not come into operation until after the end of the period of 28 days beginning with—

(a)the day on which copies of the order, and of the licence to which section 8 above applies, are laid before each House of Parliament; or

(b)if such copies are so laid on different days, the last of those days.

(3)In this Act “public telecommunications operator” means a person authorised by a licence to which section 8 above applies to run a public telecommunication system.

(4)In any case where it appears to the Secretary of State that it is expedient for transitional provision to be made in connection with a telecommunication system ceasing to be a public telecommunication system, or a person ceasing to be a public telecommunications operator, the Secretary of State may make a scheme giving effect to such transitional provision as he thinks fit.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F29S. 9 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(b), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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C12Definition of "public telecommunications operator" in s. 9(3) applied (E.W.) by London Docklands Railway Act 1991 (c. xxiii, SIF 200), s. 2(1).

10 The telecommunications code.E+W+N.I.

[F30(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, the code (to be known as “the telecommunications code”) which is contained in Schedule 2 to this Act shall have effect—

(a)where it is applied to a particular person by a licence granted by the Secretary of State under section 7 above authorising that person to run a telecommunication system; and

(b)where the Secretary of State or a Northern Ireland department is running or is proposing to run a telecommunication system.

(2)The telecommunications code shall not be applied to a person authorised by a licence under section 7 above to run a telecommunication system unless—

(a)that licence is a licence to which section 8 above applies; or

(b)it appears to the Secretary of State—

(i)that the running of the system will benefit the public; and

(ii)that it is not practicable for the system to be run without the application of that code to that person.

(3)Where the telecommunications code is applied to any person by a licence under section 7 above it shall have effect subject to such exceptions and conditions as may be included in the licence for the purpose of qualifying the rights exercisable by that person by virtue of the code.

[F31(3A)Where—

(a)the telecommunications code expressly or impliedly imposes any limitation on the use to which any telecommunication apparatus installed by a person authorised by a licence under section 7 above may be put, and

(b)that person is a party to a relevant agreement,

that limitation shall not have effect so as to preclude the doing of anything which is done in relation to that apparatus in pursuance of that agreement; and anything which is so done shall be disregarded in determining, for the purposes of the telecommunications code as it applies in relation to that person, the purposes for which the apparatus is used.

(3B)Subsection (3A) above shall not be construed, in relation to a person who is authorised by a relevant agreement to share the use of any apparatus installed by another party to the agreement, as affecting any requirement on him (whether imposed by any statutory provision or otherwise) to obtain any consent or permission in connection with the installation by him of any apparatus, or the doing by him of any other thing, in pursuance of the agreement.

(3C)In subsections (3A) and (3B) above “relevant agreement”, in relation to any telecommunication apparatus, means an agreement in writing—

(a)to which the parties are two or more persons to whom the telecommunications code has been applied by a licence granted under section 7 above; and

(b)which relates to the sharing by those persons of the use of that apparatus,

and in subsection (3B) above “statutory provision” means any provision of an enactment or of an instrument having effect under an enactment.]

(4)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (3) above, the exceptions and conditions there mentioned shall include such exceptions and conditions as appear to the Secretary of State to be requisite or expedient for the purpose of securing—

(a)that the physical environment is protected and, in particular, that the natural beauty and amenity of the countryside is conserved;

(b)that there is no greater damage to streets or interference with traffic than is reasonably necessary;

(c)that funds are available for meeting any liabilities which may arise from the exercise of rights conferred by or in accordance with the code;

and any condition falling within this subsection may impose on the person to whom the code is applied a requirement to comply with directions given in a manner specified in the condition and by a person so specified or of a description so specified.

(5)A licence under section 7 above which applies the telecommunications code to any person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom shall include a condition requiring that person to cause copies of—

(a)the exceptions and conditions subject to which the telecommunications code has effect as so applied; and

(b)every direction given in a manner specified in any such condition by a person so specified or of a description so specified,

to be open for inspection by members of the public free of charge at such premises in that part or locality as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified.

(6)Before granting under section 7 above a licence which applies the telecommunications code to a particular person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom, the Secretary of State shall publish a notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to apply the code to that person in relation to that part or locality and setting out the effect of the exceptions and conditions subject to which he proposes that the code should have effect as so applied;

(b)stating the reasons why he proposes to apply the code to that person in relation to that part or locality and why he proposes that the code as so applied should have effect subject to those exceptions and conditions; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of the notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed application of the code to that person in relation to that part or locality and with respect to the proposed exceptions and conditions may be made,

and shall reconsider his proposals in the light of any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(7)If the Secretary of State, on reconsidering in pursuance of subsection (6) above any proposals specified in a notice under that subsection, grants a licence under section 7 above applying the telecommunications code to any person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom, he shall on granting that licence publish a further notice—

(a)stating that the code has been applied to that person in relation to that part or locality and setting out the effect of the exceptions and conditions subject to which the code has effect as so applied; and

(b)stating the reasons why the code has been applied to that person in relation to that part or locality and why the code as so applied has effect subject to those exceptions and conditions.

(8)Where the Secretary of State has granted a licence under section 7 above which applies the telecommunications code to a particular person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom, he may—

(a)with the consent of that person; or

(b)if it appears to him requisite or expedient to do so for the purpose mentioned in subsection (4) above,

modify the exceptions and conditions subject to which the code has effect as so applied.

(9)Before modifying the exceptions and conditions subject to which the telecommunications code has effect as applied to any person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom by a licence granted under section 7 above, the Secretary of State shall publish a notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to make the modifications and setting out their effect;

(b)stating the reasons why he proposes to make the modifications; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of this notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed modifications may be made,

and shall reconsider his proposals in the light of any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(10)If the Secretary of State, on reconsidering in pursuance of subsection (9) above any proposals specified in a notice under that subsection, modifies the exceptions and conditions subject to which the telecommunications code has effect as applied to any person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom by a licence granted under section 7 above, he shall on making the modifications publish a further notice—

(a)stating that the modifications have been made and setting out their effect; and

(b)stating the reasons why the modifications have been made.

(11)A notice under this section shall be published in such manner as the Secretary of State considers appropriate for bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them.]

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F30S. 10 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(b) 406, 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F31S. 10(3A)-(3C) inserted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(8)

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10 The telecommunications code.S

[F30(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, the code (to be known as “the telecommunications code”) which is contained in Schedule 2 to this Act shall have effect—

(a)where it is applied to a particular person by a licence granted by the Secretary of State under section 7 above authorising that person to run a telecommunication system; and

(b)where the Secretary of State or a Northern Ireland department is running or is proposing to run a telecommunication system.

(2)The telecommunications code shall not be applied to a person authorised by a licence under section 7 above to run a telecommunication system unless—

(a)that licence is a licence to which section 8 above applies; or

(b)it appears to the Secretary of State—

(i)that the running of the system will benefit the public; and

(ii)that it is not practicable for the system to be run without the application of that code to that person.

(3)Where the telecommunications code is applied to any person by a licence under section 7 above it shall have effect subject to such exceptions and conditions as may be included in the licence for the purpose of qualifying the rights exercisable by that person by virtue of the code.

[F575(3A)Where—

(a)the telecommunications code expressly or impliedly imposes any limitation on the use to which any telecommunication apparatus installed by a person authorised by a licence under section 7 above may be put, and

(b)that person is a party to a relevant agreement,

that limitation shall not have effect so as to preclude the doing of anything which is done in relation to that apparatus in pursuance of that agreement; and anything which is so done shall be disregarded in determining, for the purposes of the telecommunications code as it applies in relation to that person, the purposes for which the apparatus is used.

(3B)Subsection (3A) above shall not be construed, in relation to a person who is authorised by a relevant agreement to share the use of any apparatus installed by another party to the agreement, as affecting any requirement on him (whether imposed by any statutory provision or otherwise) to obtain any consent or permission in connection with the installation by him of any apparatus, or the doing by him of any other thing, in pursuance of the agreement.

(3C)In subsections (3A) and (3B) above “relevant agreement”, in relation to any telecommunication apparatus, means an agreement in writing—

(a)to which the parties are two or more persons to whom the telecommunications code has been applied by a licence granted under section 7 above; and

(b)which relates to the sharing by those persons of the use of that apparatus,

and in subsection (3B) above “statutory provision” means any provision of an enactment or of an instrument having effect under an enactment.]

(4)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (3) above, the exceptions and conditions there mentioned shall include such exceptions and conditions as appear to the Secretary of State to be requisite or expedient for the purpose of securing—

(a)that the physical environment is protected and, in particular, that the natural beauty and amenity of the countryside is conserved;

(b)that there is no greater damage to [F576roads] or interference with traffic than is reasonably necessary;

(c)that funds are available for meeting any liabilities which may arise from the exercise of rights conferred by or in accordance with the code;

and any condition falling within this subsection may impose on the person to whom the code is applied a requirement to comply with directions given in a manner specified in the condition and by a person so specified or of a description so specified.

(5)A licence under section 7 above which applies the telecommunications code to any person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom shall include a condition requiring that person to cause copies of—

(a)the exceptions and conditions subject to which the telecommunications code has effect as so applied; and

(b)every direction given in a manner specified in any such condition by a person so specified or of a description so specified,

to be open for inspection by members of the public free of charge at such premises in that part or locality as are specified in the licence or are of a description so specified.

(6)Before granting under section 7 above a licence which applies the telecommunications code to a particular person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom, the Secretary of State shall publish a notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to apply the code to that person in relation to that part or locality and setting out the effect of the exceptions and conditions subject to which he proposes that the code should have effect as so applied;

(b)stating the reasons why he proposes to apply the code to that person in relation to that part or locality and why he proposes that the code as so applied should have effect subject to those exceptions and conditions; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of the notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed application of the code to that person in relation to that part or locality and with respect to the proposed exceptions and conditions may be made,

and shall reconsider his proposals in the light of any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(7)If the Secretary of State, on reconsidering in pursuance of subsection (6) above any proposals specified in a notice under that subsection, grants a licence under section 7 above applying the telecommunications code to any person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom, he shall on granting that licence publish a further notice—

(a)stating that the code has been applied to that person in relation to that part or locality and setting out the effect of the exceptions and conditions subject to which the code has effect as so applied; and

(b)stating the reasons why the code has been applied to that person in relation to that part or locality and why the code as so applied has effect subject to those exceptions and conditions.

(8)Where the Secretary of State has granted a licence under section 7 above which applies the telecommunications code to a particular person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom, he may—

(a)with the consent of that person; or

(b)if it appears to him requisite or expedient to do so for the purpose mentioned in subsection (4) above,

modify the exceptions and conditions subject to which the code has effect as so applied.

(9)Before modifying the exceptions and conditions subject to which the telecommunications code has effect as applied to any person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom by a licence granted under section 7 above, the Secretary of State shall publish a notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to make the modifications and setting out their effect;

(b)stating the reasons why he proposes to make the modifications; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of this notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed modifications may be made,

and shall reconsider his proposals in the light of any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(10)If the Secretary of State, on reconsidering in pursuance of subsection (9) above any proposals specified in a notice under that subsection, modifies the exceptions and conditions subject to which the telecommunications code has effect as applied to any person in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom by a licence granted under section 7 above, he shall on making the modifications publish a further notice—

(a)stating that the modifications have been made and setting out their effect; and

(b)stating the reasons why the modifications have been made.

(11)A notice under this section shall be published in such manner as the Secretary of State considers appropriate for bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them.F30]

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Amendments (Textual)

F30S. 10 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(b) 406, 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F575S. 10(3A)-(3C) inserted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(8)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

11 Provisions supplementary to section 10.E+W+S+N.I.

[F32F33(1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F33(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)The Secretary of State may from time to time by order provide that the telecommunications code shall have effect for all purposes as if an amount specified in the order were substituted for the amount specified, or for the time being having effect as if specified, in sub-paragraph (3) of paragraph 16 of the code as the minimum amount of compensation payable under that paragraph; and an order under this subsection may contain such transitional provisions as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(4)In any case where it appears to the Secretary of State that it is expedient for transitional provision to be made in connection with the telecommunications code ceasing to apply to any person by reason of the expiry or revocation of a person’s licence under section 7 above, the Secretary of State may make a scheme giving effect to such transitional provision as the Secretary of State thinks fit.

(5)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (4) above, a scheme under that subsection may—

(a)impose obligations on a person to whom the telecommunications code has ceased to apply as mentioned in subsection (4) above to remove anything installed in pursuance of any right conferred by or in accordance with the telecommunications code, to restore land to its condition before anything was done in pursuance of any such right or to pay the expenses of any such removal or restoration;

(b)provide for those obligations to be enforceable in such manner (otherwise than by criminal penalties) and by such persons as may be specified in the scheme;

(c)authorise the retention of apparatus on any land pending the grant of a licence under section 7 above authorising the running by any person of a telecommunication system for the purposes of which that apparatus may be used;

(d)provide for the purposes of any provision contained in the scheme by virtue of paragraph (a), (b) or (c) above for such questions arising under the scheme as are specified in the scheme, or are of a description so specified, to be referred to, and determined by, the Director.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F32S. 11 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(b), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modification of licencesE+W+S+N.I.

12 Modification of licence conditions by agreement.E+W+S+N.I.

[F34(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, the Director may modify the conditions of a licence granted under section 7 above.

(2)Before making modifications under this section, the Director shall give notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to make the modifications and setting out their effect;

(b)stating the reasons why he proposes to make the modifications; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of the notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed modifications may be made,

F35. . .

(3)A notice under subsection (2) above shall be given by publication in such manner as the Director considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them and, in the case of a licence granted to a particular person, by sending a copy of the notice to [F36every relevant licensee].

[F37(4A)In the case of a licence granted to all persons, or to all persons of a particular class, the Director shall not make any modification unless—

(a)he has considered every representation made to him about the modification; and

(b)there has not been any objection by a person running a telecommunication system under the authority of the licence to the making of the modification.

(4B)In the case of a licence granted to a particular person, the Director shall not make any modification unless—

(a)he has considered every representation made to him about the modification or any modification in the same or similar terms that he is at the same time proposing to make in the case of other licences; and

(b)the requirements of section 12A below are satisfied in the case of the modification and also in the case of every such modification in the same or similar terms.]

(5)The Director shall also send a copy of a notice under subsection (2) above to the Secretary of State; and if, within the time specified in the notice, the Secretary of State directs the Director not to make any modification, the Director shall comply with the direction.

(6)The Secretary of State shall not give a direction under subsection (5) above unless—

(a)it appears to him that the modification should be made, if at all, under section 15 below; or

(b)it appears to him to be requisite or expedient to do so in the interests of national security or relations with the government of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.

[F38(6A)Where the Director makes a modification under this section, he shall, as soon as reasonably practicable after making the modification, give notice of his reasons for doing so.

(6B)Subsection (3) above shall apply in the case of a notice under subsection (6A) above as it applies in the case of a notice under subsection (2) above.

(6C)Where the Director has given notice under subsection (2) above of a proposal to modify the conditions of a licence, he may in such manner and at such time as he considers appropriate publish—

(a)the identities of any or all of the persons who objected to the making of the modification; and

(b)to the extent that confidentiality for representations or objections in relation to the proposal for the modification has not been claimed by the persons making them, such other particulars of the representations or objections as he thinks fit.

(6D)In this section and section 12A below (except in subsection (6C) above), a reference to a representation or objection, in relation to a modification, is a reference only to a representation or objection which—

(a)was duly made to the Director within a time limit specified in the case of that modification under subsection (2)(c) above or section 12A(5)(d) below; and

(b)has not subsequently been withdrawn;

and for the purposes of this section and section 12A below representations against a modification shall be taken to constitute an objection only if they are accompanied by a written statement that they are to be so taken.

(6E)In this section and section 12A below “relevant licensee”, in relation to a modification, means—

(a)in a case where the same or a similar modification is being proposed at the same time in relation to different licences granted to different persons, each of the persons who, at the time when notice of the proposals is given, is authorised by one or more of those licences to run a telecommunication system; and

(b)in any other case, the person authorised by the licence in question to run such a system.

(6F)In this section references to a modification of the conditions of a licence do not include references to any modification to which effect is given by the exercise of a power under the terms of any licence to revoke it and by the grant of a new licence.]

(7)References in this section and in [F39sections 12A to 15] below to modifications of the conditions of a licence do not include references to modifications of conditions relating to the application of the telecommunications code.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F34S. 12 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(c), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F35Words in s. 12(2) omitted (25.7.2000) by virtue of 2000 c. 7, s. 11(5) (with s. 14); S.I. 2000/1798, art. 2

F36Words in s. 12(3) substituted (25.7.2000) by 2000 c. 7, s. 11(1) (with s. 14); S.I. 2000/1798, art. 2

F37S. 12(4A)(4B) substituted for s. 12(4) (25.7.2000) by 2000 c. 7, s. 11(2) (with s. 14); S.I. 2000/1798, art. 2

F39Words in s. 12(7) substituted (25.7.2000) by 2000 c. 7, s. 11(5) (with s. 14); S.I. 2000/1798, art. 2

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C14Ss. 12-15 excluded (10.11.2000) by S.I. 2000/2998, reg. 2

C15Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

[F4012A Agreement required for the purposes of section 12.E+W+S+N.I.

[F41(1)The requirements of this section are satisfied in the case of a modification if any of subsections (2) to (4) below applies.

(2)This subsection applies if—

(a)it appears to the Director that the relevant licensee or, as the case may be, each of the relevant licensees has been given a reminder, at least seven days before the making of the modification, of the Director’s powers in the absence of objections; and

(b)there has not been an objection by a relevant licensee to the making of the modification.

(3)This subsection applies if—

(a)the modification is one which in the opinion of the Director is deregulatory; and

(b)the notice given under section 12(2) above in the case of the proposal for the modification contained a statement of that opinion and of the Director’s reasons for it.

(4)This subsection applies if—

(a)the modification is in the same or similar terms as modifications that the Director has already proposed but not yet made in the case of other licences;

(b)the licence in question is one issued since the making of the proposal for the modification of the conditions of the other licences;

(c)subsection (2) or (3) above applies in the case of the modifications of the conditions of the other licences;

(d)it appears to the Director that the person holding the licence in question has been given a reasonable opportunity of stating whether he objects to the modification; and

(e)that person has not objected.

(5)A reminder for the purposes of subsection (2)(a) above—

(a)must be contained in a notice given by the Director and, in the case of a relevant licensee which is a company with a registered office in the United Kingdom, must have been given to that company by being sent to that office;

(b)must remind the licensee of the contents of the notice which was copied to the licensee under section 12(3) above in the case of the modification in question;

(c)must state that the Director will be able to make the modification if no relevant licensee objects; and

(d)must specify a time (not being less than seven days from the date of the giving of the notice) at the end of which the final opportunity for the making of representations and objections will expire.

(6)Nothing in subsection (2) above shall require a reminder to be sent to a person who has consented to the making of the modification in question.

(7)For the purposes of this section a modification is deregulatory if—

(a)the effect of the conditions to be modified is to impose a burden affecting the holder of the licence in which those conditions are included;

(b)the modification would remove or reduce the burden without removing any necessary protection;

(c)the modification is such that no person holding a licence granted under section 7 above to a particular person would be unduly disadvantaged by the modification in competing with the holder of the licence in which those conditions are included.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F40S. 12A inserted (25.7.2000) by 2000 c. 7, s. 11(4) (with s. 14); S.I. 2000/1798, art. 2

F41Ss. 12-15 repealed (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 otherwise) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(c), 406, 408, 411, Sch. 19 (with Sch. 18, Sch. 19 Note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3, Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C16Ss. 12-15 excluded (10.11.2000) by S.I. 2000/2998, reg. 2

13 Licence modification references to Commission.E+W+S+N.I.

[F42(1)The Director may make to the [F43Competition Commission] (in this Act referred to as “the Commission”) a reference which is so framed as to require the Commission to investigate and report on the questions—

(a)whether any matters which relate to the provision of telecommunication services or the supply of telecommunication apparatus by a person authorised by a licence under section 7 above to run a telecommunication system and which are specified in the reference operate, or may be expected to operate, against the public interest; and

(b)if so, whether the effects adverse to the public interest which those matters have or may be expected to have could be remedied or prevented by modifications of the conditions of that licence.

(2)The Director may, at any time, by notice given to the Commission vary a reference under this section by adding to the matters specified in the reference or by excluding from the reference some or all of the matters so specified; and, subject to subsection (5) below, on receipt of such notice the Commission shall give effect to the variation.

(3)The Director may specify in a reference under this section, or a variation of such a reference, for the purpose of assisting the Commission in carrying out the investigation on the reference—

(a)any effects adverse to the public interest which, in his opinion, the matters specified in the reference or variation have or may be expected to have; and

(b)any modifications of the conditions of the licence by which, in his opinion, those effects could be remedied or prevented.

(4)The Director shall publish particulars of a reference under this section, or of a variation of such a reference, in such manner as he considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the reference or variation to the attention of persons likely to be affected by it and, in the case of a licence granted to a particular person, shall send a copy of the reference or variation to that person.

(5)The Director shall also send a copy of a reference under this section, or a variation of such a reference, to the Secretary of State; and if, before the end of the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which the Secretary of State receives the copy of the reference or variation, the Secretary of State directs the Commission not to proceed with the reference or, as the case may require, not to give effect to the variation, the Commission shall comply with the direction.

(6)The Secretary of State shall not give a direction under subsection (5) above unless it appears to him to be requisite or expedient to do so in the interests of national security or relations with the government of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.

(7)It shall be the duty of the Director, for the purpose of assisting the Commission in carrying out an investigation on a reference under this section, to give to the Commission—

(a)any information which is in his possession and which relates to matters falling within the scope of the investigation, and which is either requested by the Commission for that purpose or is information which in his opinion it would be appropriate for that purpose to give to the Commission without any such request; and

(b)any other assistance which the Commission may require, and which it is within his power to give, in relation to any such matters,

and the Commission, for the purpose of carrying out any such investigation, shall take account of any information given to them for that purpose under this subsection.

(8)In determining for the purposes of this section whether any particular matter operates, or may be expected to operate, against the public interest, the Commission shall have regard to the matters as respects which duties are imposed on the Secretary of State and the Director by section 3 above.

[F44(9)F45. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(9A)F45. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(10)For the purposes of references under this section, the Secretary of State is to appoint not less than three members of the Competition Commission.

(10A)In selecting a group to perform the Commission’s functions in relation to any such reference, the chairman of the Commission must select up to three of the members appointed under subsection (10) to be members of the group.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F42S. 13 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(c), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F43Words in s. 13(1) substituted (1.4.1999) by S.I. 1999/506, art. 18(a)

F44S. 13(9)-(10A) substituted (1.4.1999) for s. 13(9)(10) by 1998 c. 41, s. 54(3), Sch. 10 Pt. IV para. 9(2) (with s. 73); S.I. 1999/505, art. 2, Sch.

F45S. 13(9)(9A) repealed (20.6.2003) by 2002 c. 40, ss. 278, 279, Sch. 25 para. 13(3), Sch. 26; S.I. 2003/1397 {art. 2(1)}, Sch. (with savings in arts. 8, 10)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C17S. 12-15 excluded (9.11.2000) by S.I. 2000/2998, reg. 2

C18Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

[F4613A References under section 13: time limitsE+W+S+N.I.

[F47(1)Every reference under section 13 above shall specify a period (not longer than six months beginning with the date of the reference) within which a report on the reference is to be made.

(2)A report of the Commission on a reference under section 13 above shall not have effect (and no action shall be taken in relation to it under section 15 below) unless the report is made before the end of the period specified in the reference or such further period (if any) as may be allowed by the Director under subsection (3) below.

(3)The Director may, if he has received representations on the subject from the Commission and is satisfied that there are special reasons why the report cannot be made within the period specified in the reference, extend that period by no more than six months.

(4)No more than one extension is possible under subsection (3) above in relation to the same reference.

(5)The Director shall, in the case of an extension made by him under subsection (3) above—

(a)publish that extension in such manner as he considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing it to the attention of persons likely to be affected by it; and

(b)in the case of a licence granted to a particular person, send to that person a copy of what has been published by him under paragraph (a) above.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F47S. 13A repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21) ss. 147(c), 406(1)(6), 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 Note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2) {2(1)} (with art. 3 (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3, Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F4813B References under section 13: powers of investigationE+W+S+N.I.

[F49(1)The following sections of Part 3 of the Enterprise Act 2002 shall apply, with the modifications mentioned in subsections (2) and (3) below, for the purposes of references under section 13 above as they apply for the purposes of references under that Part—

(a)section 109 (attendance of witnesses and production of documents etc.);

(b)section 110 (enforcement of powers under section 109: general);

(c)section 111 (penalties);

(d)section 112 (penalties: main procedural requirements);

(e)section 113 (payments and interest by instalments);

(f)section 114 (appeals in relation to penalties);

(g)section 115 (recovery of penalties); and

(h)section 116 (statement of policy).

(2)Section 110 shall, in its application by virtue of subsection (1) above, have effect as if—

(a)subsection (2) were omitted; and

(b)in subsection (9) the words from “or section” to “section 65(3))” were omitted.

(3)Section 111(5)(b)(ii) shall, in its application by virtue of subsection (1) above, have effect as if—

(a)for the words “published (or, in the case of a report under section 50 or 65, given)” there were substituted “ made ”;

(b)for the words “published (or given)”, in both places where they appear, there were substituted “ made ”; and

(c)the words “by this Part” were omitted.

(4)Provisions of Part 3 of the Enterprise Act 2002 which have effect for the purposes of sections 109 to 116 of that Act (including, in particular, provisions relating to offences and the making of orders) shall, for the purposes of the application of those sections by virtue of subsection (1) above, have effect in relation to those sections as applied by virtue of that subsection.

(5)Accordingly, corresponding provisions of this Act shall not have effect in relation to those sections as applied by virtue of that subsection.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F49S. 13B repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21) ss. 147(c), 406(1)(6), 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 Note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2) {2(1)} (with art. 3 (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3, Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

14 Reports on licence modification references.E+W+S+N.I.

[F50(1)In making a report on a reference under section 13 above, the Commission—

(a)shall include in the report definite conclusions on the questions comprised in the reference together with such an account of their reasons for those conclusions as in their opinion is expedient for facilitating proper understanding of those questions and of their conclusions;

(b)where they conclude that any of the matters specified in the reference operate, or may be expected to operate, against the public interest, shall specify in the report the effects adverse to the public interest which those matters have or may be expected to have; and

(c)where they conclude that any adverse effects so specified could be remedied or prevented by modifications of the conditions of the licence, shall specify in the report modifications by which those effects could be remedied or prevented.

[F51(1A)For the purposes of section 15 below, a conclusion contained in a report of the Commission is to be disregarded if the conclusion is not that of at least two-thirds of the members of the group constituted in connection with the reference concerned in pursuance of paragraph 15 of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act 1998.

(1B)If a member of a group so constituted disagrees with any conclusions contained in a report made on a reference under section 13 above as the conclusions of the Commission, the report shall, if the member so wishes, include a statement of his disagreement and of his reasons for disagreeing.]

F52(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F53(3)For the purposes of the law relating to defamation, absolute privilege attaches to any report made by the Commission on a reference under section 13 above.

(3A)In making any report on a reference under section 13 above the Commission must have regard to the following considerations before disclosing any information.

(3B)The first consideration is the need to exclude from disclosure (so far as practicable) any information whose disclosure the Commission thinks is contrary to the public interest.

(3C)The second consideration is the need to exclude from disclosure (so far as practicable)—

(a)commercial information whose disclosure the Commission thinks might significantly harm the legitimate business interests of the undertaking to which it relates, or

(b)information relating to the private affairs of an individual whose disclosure the Commission thinks might significantly harm the individual’s interests.

(3D)The third consideration is the extent to which the disclosure of the information mentioned in subsection (3C)(a) or (b) is necessary for the purposes of the report.]

(4)A report of the Commission on a reference under section 16 above shall be made to the Director.

(5)On receiving such a report, the Director—

(a)shall send a copy of the report to the Secretary of State and, in the case of a licence granted to a particular person, to that person; and

(b)subject to any direction given under subsection (6) below, shall publish the report in such manner as he considers appropriate for bringing the report to the attention of persons likely to be affected by it.

(6)If it appears to the Secretary of State that the publication of any matter in such a report would be against the public interest or the commercial interests of any person, he may, before the end of the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which he receives the copy of the report, direct the Director to exclude that matter from the report as published under subsection (5) above.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F50S. 14 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21) ss. 147(c), 406(1)(6), 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 Note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2) {2(1)} (with art. 3 (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3, Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F51S. 14(1A)(1B) inserted (20.6.2003) by 2002 c. 40, ss. 278, 279, Sch. 25 para. {13(5)(a)}; S.I. 2003/1397, art. 2(1), Sch. (with art. 8)

F53S. 14(3)-(3D) substituted (20.6.2003) for s. 14(3) by 2002 c. 40, ss. 278, 279, Sch. 25 para. 13(5)(b); S.I. 2003/1397, art. 2(1), Sch. (with art. 8)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C19S. 12-15 excluded (10.11.2000) by S.I. 2000/2998, reg. 2

C20Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

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[F54(1)Where a report of the Commission on a reference under section 13 above—

(a)includes conclusions to the effect that any of the matters specified in the reference operate, or may be expected to operate, against the public interest;

(b)specifies effects adverse to the public interest which those matters have or may be expected to have;

(c)includes conclusions to the effect that those effects could be remedied or prevented by modifications of the conditions of the licence; and

(d)specifies modifications by which those effects could be remedied or prevented,

the Director shall, subject to the following provisions of this section, make such modifications of the conditions of the licence as appear to him requisite for the purpose of remedying or preventing the adverse effects specified in the report.

(2)Before making modifications under this section, the Director shall have regard to the modifications specified in the report.

(3)Before making modifications under this section, the Director shall give notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to make the modifications and setting out their effect;

(b)stating the reasons why he proposes to make the modifications; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of the notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed modifications may be made,

and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(4)A notice under subsection (3) above shall be given by publication in such manner as the Director considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them and, in the case of a licence granted to a particular person, by sending a copy of the notice to that person.

(5)The Director shall also send a copy of a notice under subsection (3) above to the Secretary of State; and if, within the time specified in the notice, the Secretary of State directs the Director not to make any modification the Director shall comply with the direction.

(6)The Secretary of State shall not give a direction under subsection (5) above unless it appears to him requisite or expedient to do so in the interests of national security or relations with the government of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F54S. 15 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(c), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C21S. 12-15 excluded (10.11.2000) by S.I. 2000/2998, reg. 2

C22Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss.47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

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16 Securing compliance with licence conditions.E+W+S+N.I.

[F55(1)Subject to subsections (2) and (5) and section 17 below, where the Director is satisfied that a person who is authorised by a licence granted under section 7 above to run a telecommunication system (in this Act referred to as a “telecommunications operator”) is contravening, or has contravened and is likely again to contravene, any of the conditions of his licence, the Director shall by a final order make such provision as is requisite for the purpose of securing compliance with that condition.

(2)Subject to subsection (5) below, where it appears to the Director—

(a)that a telecommunications operator is contravening, or has contravened and is likely again to contravene, any of the conditions of his licence; and

(b)that it is requisite that a provisional order be made,

the Director shall (instead of taking steps towards the making of a final order) by a provisional order make such provision as appears to him requisite for the purpose of securing compliance with that condition.

(3)In determining for the purposes of subsection (2)(b) above whether it is requisite that a provisional order be made, the Director shall have regard, in particular, to the extent to which any person is likely to sustain loss or damage in consequence of anything which, in contravention of the relevant condition, is likely to be done, or omitted to be done, before a final order may be made.

(4)Subject to subsection (5) and section 17 below, the Director shall confirm a provisional order with or without modifications if—

(a)he is satisfied that the telecommunications operator is contravening, or has contravened and is likely again to contravene, any of the conditions of his licence; and

(b)the provision made by the order (with any modifications) is requisite for the purpose of securing compliance with that condition.

(5)The duties imposed by subsections (1) to (4) above shall not apply where the Director gives notice that he is satisfied—

(a)that the duties imposed on him by section 3 above preclude the making of a final or provisional order or, as the case may be, the confirmation of the provisional order; F56. . .

(b)that the contraventions or apprehended contraventions are of a trivial nature; [F57or

F57(c)that the most appropriate way of proceeding is under the Competition Act 1998.]

and a notice under this subsection shall be given by publication in such manner as the Director considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them and by sending a copy of the notice to the telecommunications operator.

(6)A final or provisional order—

(a)shall require the telecommunications operator (according to the circumstances of the case) to do, or not to do, such things as are specified in the order or are of a description so specified;

(b)shall take effect at such time, being the earliest practicable time, as is determined by or under the order; and

(c)may be revoked at any time by the Director.

(7)In this section and sections 17 to 19 below—

  • contravention”, in relation to any condition of a licence, includes any failure to comply with that condition and “contravene” shall be construed accordingly;

  • final order” means an order under this section other than a provisional order;

  • provisional order” means an order under this section which, if not previously confirmed under subsection (4) above, will cease to have effect at the end of such period (not exceeding [F58two months]) as is determined by or under the order.

(8)References in this section to conditions of a licence do not include references to conditions relating to the application of the telecommunications code.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F55S. 16 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(d), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F57S. 16(5)(c) and word “or” immediately preceding it inserted (1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 41, s. 54(3), Sch. 10 Pt. IV para. 9(4) (with s. 73); S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

F58Words in s. 16(7) substituted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(9)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C23Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

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[F59(1)Before making a final order or confirming a provisional order, the Director shall give notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to make or confirm the order and setting out its effect;

(b)stating the relevant condition of the licence and the acts or omissions which, in his opinion, constitute or would constitute contraventions of it; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of the notice) within which representations or objections to the proposed order or confirmation of the order may be made,

and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(2)The Director shall not make a final order, or confirm a provisional order, F60. . . except with the consent of the telecommunications operator or after complying with the requirements of [F61 subsections (3) and (3A)] below.

(3)The said requirements are that the Director shall—

(a)give to the telecommunications operator such notice as appears to him requisite of his proposal to make or confirm the order F62. . .;

(b)specify the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of the service of the notice) within which representations or objections to the [F63proposal] may be made; and

(c)consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

[F64(3A)If the Director makes a final order, such order shall be made within two months of the notice given under subsection (3)(a) above.]

(4)Before revoking a final order or a provisional order which has been confirmed, the Director shall give notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to revoke the order and setting out its effect; and

(b)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days) from the date of publication of the notice within which representations or objections to the proposed revocation may be made,

and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(5)A notice under subsection (1) or (4) above shall be given by publication in such manner as the Director considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matters to which the notice relates to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them and by sending a copy of the notice to the telecommunications operator.

(6)As soon as practicable after a final order is made or a provisional order is made or confirmed, the Director shall—

(a)publish the order in such manner as he considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the order to the attention of persons likely to be affected by it; and

[F65(b)serve a copy of the order on the telecommunications operator within one week of the order being made or confirmed with a statement of the reasons for his decision.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F59S. 17 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(d), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F60Words in s. 17(2) omitted (31.12.1997) by virtue of S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(10)(a)

F61Words in s. 17(2) substituted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(10)(b)

F62Words in s. 17(3) omitted (31.12.1997) by virtue of S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(11)(a)

F63Words in s. 17(3)(b) substituted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(11)(b)

F64S. 17(3A) inserted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(12)

F65S. 17(6)(b) substituted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(13)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C24Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

18 Validity and effect of orders.E+W+S+N.I.

[F66F67(1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F67(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)Except as provided by [F68section 46B], the validity of a final or provisional order shall not be questioned by any legal proceedings whatever.

(4)No criminal proceedings shall, by virtue of the making of a final order or the making or confirmation of a provisional order, lie against any person on the ground that he has committed, or aided, abetted, counselled or procured the commission of, or conspired or attempted to commit, or incited others to commit, any contravention of the order.

(5)The obligation to comply with a final or provisional order is a duty owed to any person who may be affected by a contravention of it.

(6)Where a duty is owed by virtue of subsection (5) above to any person—

(a)any breach of the duty which causes that person to sustain loss or damage; and

(b)any act which, by inducing a breach of that duty or interfering with its performance, causes that person to sustain loss or damage and which is done wholly or partly for the purpose of achieving that result,

shall be actionable at the suit or instance of that person.

(7)In any proceedings brought against any person in pursuance of subsection (6)(a) above, it shall be a defence for him to prove that he took all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid contavening the order.

(8)Without prejudice to any right which any person may have by virtue of subsection (6)(a) above to bring civil proceedings in respect of any contravention or apprehended contravention of a final or provisional order, compliance with any such order shall be enforceable by civil proceedings by the Director for an injunction or interdict or for any other appropriate relief.

(9)In this section—

  • act”, in relation to any person, includes any failure to do an act which he is under a duty to do and “done” shall be construed accordingly;

  • contravention”, in relation to a final or provisional order, includes any failure to comply with it;

  • the court”—

    (a)

    in relation to England and Wales and Northern Ireland, means the High Court; and

    (b)

    in relation to Scotland, means the Court of Session.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F66S. 18 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(d), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F67S. 18(1)(2) repealed (20.12.1999) by S.I 1999/3180, reg. 3(2)(a)

F68Words in s. 18(3) substituted (20.12.1999) by S.I. 1999/3180, reg. 3(2)(b)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C25Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss.47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

19 Register of licences and orders.E+W+S+N.I.

[F69(1)The Director shall keep a register of licences granted under section 7 above and final and provisional orders at such premises and in such form as he may determine.

(2)Subject to any direction given under subsection (3) below, the Director shall cause to be entered in the register the provisions of—

(a)every licence granted under section 7 above and every modification or revocation of, and every direction or consent given or determination made under, such a licence; and

(b)every final or provisional order, every revocation of such an order and every notice under section 16(5) above.

(3)If it appears to the Secretary of State that the entry of any provision in the register would be against the public interest or the commercial interests of any person, he may direct the Director not to enter that provision in the register.

(4)The register shall be open to public inspection during such hours and subject to payment of such fee as may be prescribed by an order made by the Secretary of State.

(5)Any person may, on payment of such fee as may be prescribed by an order so made, require the Director to supply to him a copy of or extract from any part of the register, certified by the Director to be a true copy or extract.

(6)Any sums received by the Director under this section shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F69Ss. 16-19 repealed (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 otherwise) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(d), 406, 408, 411, Sch. 19(1) (with Sch. 18, Sch. 19(1) Note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3, Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C26Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss.47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

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20 Approval of contractors.E+W+S+N.I.

[F70(1)Where licences granted under section 7 above include provisions which are framed by reference to the carrying out of relevant operations by persons for the time being approved under this section then, for the purposes of those provisions, persons may be approved under this section in relation to such operations—

(a)by the Secretary of State; or

(b)with the consent of, or in accordance with a general authorisation given by, the Secretary of State, by the Director.

(2)A person applying for an approval under this section may be required by the person to whom the application is made to comply with such requirements as the person to whom the application is made may think appropriate; and those requirements may include a requirement to satisfy some other person with respect to any matter.

(3)An approval under this section may apply either to a particular person or to persons of a description specified in the approval, and may so apply either in relation to particular relevant operations or in relation to relevant operations of a description so specified.

(4)An approval under this section may specify conditions which must be complied with if the approval is to apply, for any purposes specified in the approval, to any person who is so specified or is of a description so specified; and any such condition may impose on the person to whom the approval is given a requirement from time to time to satisfy any person with respect to any matter.

(5)Nothing in this section shall preclude a person (not being the Secretary of State or the Director) by whom any matter falls to be determined for the purposes of any requirement imposed in pursuance of subsection (2) or (4) above from charging any fee in respect of the carrying out of any test or other assessment made by him.

(6)Any power conferred by this section to give an approval includes power to vary or withdraw an approval given in exercise of that power.

(7)The Secretary of State shall send to the Director—

(a)a copy of every approval given by him under this section; and

(b)particulars of every variation or withdrawal of an approval so given.

(8)The Secretary of State may by order provide for the charging of fees in respect of the exercise of any functions conferred by or under this section.

(9)Any sums received by the Secretary of State or the Director under this section shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

(10)In this section “relevant operations” means the installation, maintenance, adjustment, repair, alteration, moving, removal or replacement of apparatus which is or is to be connected to any telecommunication system to which a licence under section 7 above relates.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F70S. 20 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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[F71(1)The Director shall keep a register of approvals given under section 20 above at such premises and in such form as he may determine.

(2)The Director shall cause particulars of every such approval, and of every variation or withdrawal of such an approval, to be entered in the register.

(3)Subsections (4) to (6) of section 19 above shall apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that section.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F71S. 21 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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[F72(1)Where licences granted under section 7 above include provisions which are framed by reference to apparatus for the time being approved under this section for connection to telecommunication systems to which the licences relate, then, for the purposes of those provisions, apparatus may be approved for connection to those systems—

(a)by the Secretary of State; or

(b)with the consent of, or in accordance with a general authorisation given by, the Secretary of State, by the Director.

(2)A person applying for an approval under this section may be required by the person to whom the application is made to comply with such requirements as the person to whom the application is made may think appropriate; and those requirements may include a requirement to satisfy some other person with respect to any matter.

(3)An approval under this section may apply either to particular apparatus or to any apparatus of a description specified in the approval, and may so apply either for the purposes of a particular telecommunication system or for the purposes of any telecommunication system of a description so specified.

(4)An approval under this section may specify conditions which must be complied with if the approval is to apply, for any purposes specified in the approval, to any apparatus which is so specified or is of a description so specified; and any such condition may impose on the person to whom the approval is given a requirement from time to time to satisfy any person with respect to any matter.

(5)Nothing in this section shall preclude a person (not being the Secretary of State or the Director) by whom any matter falls to be determined for the purposes of any requirement imposed in pursuance of subsection (2) or (4) above from charging any fee in respect of the carrying out of any test or other assessment made by him.

(6)Standards to which apparatus of a description specified in the designation must conform if it is to be approved for connection to a telecommunication system so specified or of a description so specified may be designated—

(a)by the Secretary of State; or

(b)with the consent of, or in accordance with a general authorisation given by, the Secretary of State, by the Director;

and a standard so designated may apply subject to such exceptions as may be determined by or under the designation.

(7)A designation under this section may specify conditions which must be complied with if any apparatus of a description specified in the designation is to be regarded, for any purposes so specified, as conforming to the standard to which the designation relates.

(8)Before designating a standard under this section, the Secretary of State or the Director shall give notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to make the designation and setting out its effect;

(b)stating any conditions which he proposes to specify in the designation; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of the notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed designation may be made,

and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(9)A notice under subsection (8) above shall be given by sending a copy of the notice to the person running the system and such other persons (if any) as the Secretary of State or the Director considers appropriate.

(10)Any power conferred by this section to give an approval or designate a standard includes power to vary or withdraw an approval given or designation made in the exercise of that power.

(11)The Secretary of State shall send to the Director—

(a)a copy of every approval given or designation made by him under this section; and

(b)particulars of every variation or withdrawal of an approval so given or a designation so made,

except where it appears to him requisite or expedient not to do so in the interests of national security.

(12)The Secretary of State may by order provide for the charging of fees in respect of the exercise of any functions conferred by or under this section.

(13)Any sums received by the Secretary of State or the Director under this section shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F72S. 22 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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[F73(1)The Director shall keep a register of approvals given and designations made under section 22 above at such premises and in such form as he may determine.

(2)Subject to subsection (3) below and to any direction given under subsection (4) below, the Director shall cause particulars of every such approval or designation, and of every variation or withdrawal of such an approval or designation, to be entered in the register.

(3)The Director shall not enter in the register particulars of—

(a)any approval given or designation made by the Secretary of State under section 22 above a copy of which is not sent to the Director under subsection (11) of that section; or

(b)any variation or withdrawal of an approval so given or a designation so made particulars of which are not so sent.

(4)Subsections (3) to (6) of section 19 above shall apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that section.]

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F73S. 23 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

24 Approval etc. of meters.E+W+S+N.I.

[F74(1)Where licences granted under section 7 above include provisions which are framed by reference to meters for the time being approved under this section for use in connection with telecommunication systems to which the licences relate, then, for the purposes of those provisions, meters may be approved for use in connection with those systems—

(a)by the Secretary of State; or

(b)with the consent of, or in accordance with a general authorisation given by, the Secretary of State, by the Director.

(2)A person applying for an approval under this section may be required by the person to whom the application is made to comply with such requirements as the person to whom the application is made may think appropriate; and those requirements may include a requirement to satisfy some other person with respect to any matter.

(3)An approval under this section may apply either to a particular meter or to any meter of a description specified in the approval, and may so apply either for the purposes of a particular telecommunication system or for the purposes of any telecommunication system of a description so specified.

(4)An approval under this section may specify conditions which must be complied with if the approval is to apply, for any purpose specified in the approval, to any meter which is so specified or is of a description so specified; and any such condition may impose on the person to whom the approval is given a requirement from time to time to satisfy any person with respect to any matter.

(5)Nothing in this section shall preclude a person (not being the Secretary of State or the Director) by whom any matter falls to be determined for the purposes of any requirement imposed in pursuance of subsection (2) or (4) above from charging any fee in respect of the carrying out of any test or other assessment made by him.

(6)Standards to which any meter of a description specified in the designation must conform if it is to be approved for use in connection with a telecommunication system so specified or of a description so specified may be designated—

(a)by the Secretary of State; or

(b)with the consent of, or in accordance with a general authorisation given by, the Secretary of State, by the Director;

and a standard so designated may apply subject to such exceptions as may be determined by or under the designation.

(7)A designation under this section may specify conditions which must be complied with if any meter of a description specified in the designation is to be regarded, for any purposes so specified, as conforming to the standard to which the designation relates.

(8)A meter shall not be approved under this section for use in connection with any telecommunication system unless either—

(a)the meter conforms to a standard designated under this section which applies to it for the purposes of that system; or

(b)the Secretary of State or the Director is satisfied that, if used in connection with that system in accordance with the approval, the meter would be sufficiently accurate and reliable.

(9)Before giving an approval under this section by virtue of subsection (8)(b) above or designating a standard under this section, the Secretary of State or the Director shall give notice—

(a)stating that he proposes to give the approval or make the designation and setting out its effect;

(b)stating any conditions which he proposes to specify in the approval or designation; and

(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of publication of the notice) within which representations or objections with respect to the proposed approval or designation may be made,

and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(10)A notice under subsection (9) above shall be given by sending a copy of the notice—

(a)in the case of an approval, to the person applying for the approval;

(b)in the case of a designation, to the person running the system,

and (in either case) to such other persons (if any) as the Secretary of State or the Director considers appropriate.

(11)Any power conferred by this section to give an approval or designate a standard includes power to vary or withdraw an approval given or designation made in the exercise of that power.

(12)The Secretary of State shall send to the Director—

(a)a copy of every approval given or designation made by him under this section; and

(b)particulars of every variation or withdrawal of an approval so given or a designation so made.

(13)The Secretary of State may by order provide for the charging of fees in respect of the exercise of any functions conferred by or under this section.

(14)Any sums received by the Secretary of State or the Director under this section shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

(15)In this section “meter” means any system or apparatus constructed or adapted for use in ascertaining the extent of telecommunication services provided by means of a telecommunication system.]

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F74S. 24 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

25 Delegation of functions under sections 22 and 24.E+W+S+N.I.

[F75(1)The functions conferred on the Secretary of State by sections 22 and 24 above (other than the powers to make orders) shall be exercisable by any person appointed by the Secretary of State for the purpose to such extent and subject to such conditions as may be specified in the appointment; and an appointment under this section may authorise the person appointed to retain any fees received by him.

(2)Before appointing any person under this section, the Secretary of State shall consult with the persons running the telecommunication systems concerned, or with such organisations as appear to the Secretary of State to be representative of those persons.]

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F75S. 25 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

26 Grants and loans to persons exercising certain functions.E+W+S+N.I.

[F76(1)The Secretary of State may, with the approval of the Treasury, make grants or loans—

(a)to persons by whom any matter falls to be determined for the purposes of any requirement imposed in pursuance of subsection (2) or (4) of section 20, 22 or 24 above; or

(b)to persons appointed under section 25 above.

(2)Any loans under this section shall be repaid to the Secretary of State at such times and by such methods and interest thereon shall be paid to him at such rates and at such times as he may, with the approval of the Treasury, from time to time direct.

(3)There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any sums required by the Secretary of State for making grants or loans under this section.

(4)Any sums received by the Secretary of State under subsection (2) above shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F76S. 26 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

27 Recognition of bodies representing consumers etc.E+W+S+N.I.

[F77(1)Where licences granted under section 7 above include provisions which are framed by reference to bodies for the time being recognised under this section to be representing the interests of consumers, purchasers and other users of telecommunication services provided by means of, or telecommunication apparatus connected to, telecommunication systems to which the licences relate, then, for the purposes of those provisions, bodies may be so recognised by the Secretary of State.

(2)A recognition under this section may apply either to a particular body or to bodies of a description specified in the recognition, and may so apply either for the purposes of a particular telecommunication system or for the purposes of any telecommunication system of a description so specified.

(3)The Secretary of State may pay such allowances as he may determine to members of a body recognised by him under this section, and may pay such expenses of a body so recognised as he may determine.

(4)Any power conferred by this section to give a recognition includes power to withdraw a recognition given in the exercise of that power.

(5)There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any sums required by the Secretary of State for making payments under this section.]

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F77S. 27 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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F78Ss. 27A, 27B and cross heading inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Services (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 1; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order, art. 3, Sch.

F7927AStandards of performance in individual cases.E+W+S+N.I.

[F80(1)The Director may make regulations prescribing, for any designated operator, such standards of performance in connection with the provision of relevant services by that operator as, in his opinion, ought to be achieved in individual cases.

(2)Regulations under subsection (1) above may only be made—

(a)with the consent of the Secretary of State;

(b)after consulting—

(i)the designated operator; and

(ii)persons or bodies appearing to the Director to be representative of persons likely to be affected by the regulations; and

(c)after arranging for such research as the Director considers appropriate with a view to discovering the views of a representative sample of persons likely to be so affected and considering the results.

(3)Regulations under this section may—

(a)prescribe circumstances in which the designated operator is to inform persons of their rights under this section;

(b)prescribe such standards of performance in relation to any duty arising under paragraph (a) above as, in the Director’s opinion, ought to be achieved in all cases;

(c)prescribe circumstances in which the designated operator is to be exempted from any requirements of the regulations or this section.

(4)If the designated operator fails to meet a prescribed standard, he shall make to any person who is affected by the failure such compensation as may be determined by or under the regulations.

(5)The making of compensation under this section in respect of any failure to meet a prescribed standard shall not prejudice any other remedy which may be available in respect of the act or omission which constituted that failure.

(6)Any dispute arising under this section or regulations made under this section—

(a)may be referred to the Director by either party; and

(b)on such a reference, shall be determined by order made—

(i)by the Director; or

(ii)by such other person as may be prescribed.

(7)Any person making an order under subsection (6) above shall include in the order his reasons for reaching his decision with respect to the dispute.

(8)The practice and procedure to be followed in connection with any such determination shall be such as may be prescribed.

(9)An order under subsection (6) above shall be final and shall be enforceable—

(a)in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland, as if it were a judgment of a county court; and

(b)in Scotland, as if it were an extract registered decree arbitral bearing a warrant for execution issued by the sheriff.

(10)In this section “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations under this section.]

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F79Ss. 27A, 27B and cross heading inserted (1.7.1992) by Competititon and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 1; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F80S. 27A repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F8127B Overall standards of performance.E+W+S+N.I.

[F82(1)The Director may from time to time—

(a)determine such standards of overall performance in connection with the provision of relevant services by the designated operator as, in his opinion, ought to be achieved by that operator; and

(b)arrange for the publication, in such form and in such manner as he considers appropriate, of the standards so determined.

(2)The Director may only make a determination under subsection (1)(a) above after—

(a)consulting the designated operator concerned and persons or bodies appearing to the Director to be representative of persons likely to be affected; and

(b)arranging for such research as the Director considers appropriate with a view to discovering the views of a representative sample of persons likely to be affected and considering the results.]]

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F81Ss. 27A, 27B and cross heading inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 1; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F82S. 27B repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F8327C Information with respect to levels of performance.E+W+S+N.I.

[F84(1)The Director shall from time to time collect information with respect to—

(a)the compensation made by designated operators under section 27A above; and

(b)the levels of overall performance achieved by designated operators in connection with the provision of relevant services.

(2)At such times as the Director may direct, each designated operator shall give the following information to the Director—

(a)as respects each standard prescribed by regulations under section 27A above, the number of cases in which compensation was made and the aggregate amount or value of that compensation; and

(b)as respects each standard determined under section 27B above, such information with respect to the level of performance achieved by the operator as may be so specified.

(3)A designated operator who, without reasonable excuse, fails to do anything required of him by subsection (2) above shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(4)The Director shall, at least once in every year, arrange for the publication, in such form and in such manner as he considers appropriate, of such of the information collected by or furnished to him under this section as it may appear to him expedient to give to users or potential users of any relevant services provided by designated operators.

(5)In arranging for the publication of any such information the Director shall have regard to the need for excluding, so far as practicable—

(a)any matter which relates to the affairs of an individual, where publication of that matter would or might, in the opinion of the Director, seriously and prejudicially affect the interests of that individual; and

(b)any matter which relates specifically to the affairs of a particular body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporate, where publication of that matter would or might, in the opinion of the Director, seriously and prejudicially affect the interests of that body.]]

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F83S. 27C inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 2; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F84S. 27C repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F8527D Information to be given to customers about overall performance.E+W+S+N.I.

[F86(1)Each designated operator shall, in such form and manner and with such frequency as the Director may direct, take steps to inform those of his customers to whom he supplies relevant services of—

(a)the standards of overall performance determined under section 27B above which are applicable to that operator; and

(b)that operator’s level of performance as respects each of those standards.

(2)In giving any such direction, the Director shall not specify a frequency of less than once in every period of twelve months.]]

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F85S. 27D inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s.3; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F86S. 27D repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F8727E Procedures for dealing with complaints.E+W+S+N.I.

[F88(1)Each designated operator shall establish a procedure for dealing with complaints made by his customers or potential customers in connection with the provision by the designated operator of relevant services.

(2)No such procedure shall be established, and no modification of such a procedure shall be made, unless—

(a)the designated operator has consulted persons or bodies appearing to him to be representative of customers for whom he provides relevant services; and

(b)the proposed procedure or modification has been approved by the Director.

(3)The designated operator shall—

(a)publicise the procedure in such manner as may be approved by the Director; and

(b)send a description of the procedure, free of charge, to any person who asks for one.

(4)The Director may give a direction to a designated operator requiring the operator to review his procedure or the manner in which it operates.

(5)A direction under subsection (4) above—

(a)may specify the manner in which the review is to be conducted; and

(b)shall require a written report of the review to be made to the Director.

(6)Where the Director receives a report under subsection (5)(b) above, he may, after consulting the designated operator, direct him to make such modifications of—

(a)the procedure; or

(b)the manner in which the procedure operates,

as may be specified in the direction.

(7)Subsection (2) above does not apply to any modification made in compliance with a direction under subsection (6) above.]]

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F87S. 27E inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 4; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F88S. 27E repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F8927F Disputes about discrimination etc. in fixing charges.E+W+S+N.I.

[F90(1)Any dispute, of a kind to which this section applies, between—

(a)a person (“the customer”) who is, or wishes to be, provided with any relevant service by a designated operator, and

(b)that designated operator,

may be referred to the Director by either party.

(2)This section applies to any dispute as to whether the designated operator—

(a)has exercised undue discrimination against the customer in respect of charges applied, or to be applied, in connection with the provision of the service in question;

(b)has shown undue preference to any other person in respect of such charges, to the detriment of the customer; or

(c)has applied, or proposes to apply, any charge in connection with the provision of the service in question to the customer which is neither specified in, nor determined in accordance with a method specified in, a notice required by a condition of a kind mentioned in section 8(1)(e) above.

(3)Where a dispute is referred to him under this section, the Director, or an arbitrator (or in Scotland an arbiter) appointed by him, shall determine whether the customer’s allegation is well founded and, if it is, make such order as he considers appropriate.

(4)Any person making an order under subsection (3) above shall include in the order his reasons for reaching his decision with respect to the dispute.

(5)No act or omission of a designated operator which is permitted by any condition—

(a)relating to any of the matters referred to in section 8(1)(d) above, and

(b)included in the licence granted to him under section 7 above,

shall be taken to constitute undue discrimination or undue preference for the purposes of this section.

(6)The practice and procedure to be followed in connection with a reference under this section shall be determined by the Director.

(7)An order under this section—

(a)may include such incidental, supplemental and consequential provision (including provision requiring either party to pay a sum in respect of the costs or expenses incurred by the person making the order) as that person considers appropriate; and

(b)shall be final and—

(i)in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland enforceable, in so far as it includes such provision as to costs or expenses, as if it were a judgment of a county court; and

(ii)in Scotland, enforceable as if it were an extract registered decree arbitral bearing a warrant for execution issued by the sheriff.

(8)In including in an order under this section any such provision as to costs or expenses, the person making the order shall have regard to the conduct and means of the parties and any other relevant circumstances.]]

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F89S. 27F inserted (1.9.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 5(1); Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 4, Sch. Pt.II

F90S. 27H repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F9127G Billing disputes.E+W+S+N.I.

[F92(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for billing disputes to be referred to the Director for determination in accordance with the regulations.

(2)In this section “billing dispute” means a dispute between a designated operator and a customer concerning the amount of the charge which the operator is entitled to recover from the customer in connection with the provision of any relevant service.

(3)Regulations under this section may only be made after consulting—

(a)the Director; and

(b)persons or bodies appearing to the Secretary of State to be representative of persons likely to be affected by the regulations.

(4)Regulations under this section may provide that, where a billing dispute is referred to the Director, he may either—

(a)determine the dispute, or

(b)appoint an arbitrator (or in Scotland an arbiter) to determine it.

(5)Any person determining any billing dispute in accordance with regulations under this section shall, in such manner as may be specified in the regulations, give his reasons for reaching his decision with respect to the dispute.

(6)Regulations under this section may provide—

(a)that disputes may be referred to the Director under this section only by prescribed persons; and

(b)for any determination to be final and enforceable—

(i)in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland, as if it were a judgment of a county court; and

(ii)in Scotland, as if it were an extract registered decree arbitral bearing a warrant for execution issued by the sheriff.

(7)Except in such circumstances (if any) as may be prescribed by regulations under this section—

(a)the Director or an arbitrator (or in Scotland an arbiter) appointed by him shall not determine any billing dispute which is the subject of proceedings before, or with respect to which judgment has been given by, any court; and

(b)neither party to any billing dispute which has been referred to the Director for determination in accordance with regulations under this section shall commence proceedings before any court in respect of that dispute pending its determination in accordance with the regulations.

(8)No designated operator may commence proceedings before any court in respect of any charge in connection with the provision by him of any relevant service unless, not less than 28 days before doing so, the customer concerned was informed by him, in such form and manner as may be prescribed by regulations under this section, of—

(a)his intention to commence proceedings;

(b)the customer’s rights by virtue of this section; and

(c)such other matters (if any) as may be so prescribed.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F91Section 27G inserted (prosp.) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43) ss. 6(1), 56(2), which insertion is in force at 1.7.1992 except as regards subsection (8) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt.I

F92S. 27G repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F9327H Deposits.E+W+S+N.I.

[F94(1)Each designated operator shall, with the agreement of the Director, settle criteria by reference to which the operator will determine—

(a)whether a customer is required to pay a deposit before being provided with any relevant service; and

(b)if so, the amount which he is required to pay.

(2)The criteria may be varied by the designated operator with the consent of the Director.

(3)Before settling, or varying, the criteria the designated operator shall consult persons or bodies appearing to him to be representative of persons likely to be affected.

(4)Except in such circumstances as may be specified in the criteria, no person who is disabled (as defined by the criteria) shall be required to pay a deposit before being provided with any relevant service by the designated operator.

(5)The designated operator shall—

(a)prepare a summary of the criteria, with the agreement of the Director;

(b)publicise it in such manner as may be approved by the Director; and

(c)send a copy of it, free of charge, to any person who asks for one.

(6)The Director may, after consulting the designated operator, direct him to vary the criteria as specified in the direction.

(7)Subsection (3) above does not apply to any variation made in compliance with a direction under subsection (6) above.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F93S. 27H inserted (prosp.) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), ss.7, 56(2), which insertion is in force at 1.7.1992 except as regards subsection (4) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F94S. 27H repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F9527I Complaints about deposits.E+W+S+N.I.

[F96(1)Any person who is aggrieved by—

(a)the decision of a designated operator to require him to pay a deposit before he is provided with a relevant service, or

(b)by the amount which he is so required to pay,

may refer the matter to the Director.

(2)On any such reference the Director, or an arbitrator (or in Scotland an arbiter) appointed by him, shall consider whether the criteria settled under section 27H above—

(a)have been applied correctly, or

(b)are inappropriate in the particular case.

(3)If the Director or arbitrator (or arbiter) considers that the criteria have not been correctly applied, or that they are inappropriate in the particular case, he shall, unless the complaint has been withdrawn or it is otherwise inappropriate to proceed, determine—

(a)whether the person concerned is to be required to pay a deposit, and

(b)if so, the amount which he is to be required to pay,

and give the appropriate direction to the designated operator.

(4)Any person giving a direction under subsection (3) above shall include in the direction his reasons for reaching his decision with respect to the complaint.

(5)The practice and procedure to be followed in connection with a complaint under subsection (1) above shall be determined by the Director.

(6)A direction under this section—

(a)may include such incidental, supplemental and consequential provision (including provision requiring either party to pay a sum in respect of the costs or expenses incurred by the person giving the direction) as that person considers appropriate; and

(b)shall be final and—

(i)in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland enforceable, in so far as it includes such provision as to costs or expenses, as if it were a judgment of a county court; and

(ii)in Scotland, enforceable as if it were an extract registered decree arbitral bearing a warrant for execution issued by the sheriff.

(7)In including in a direction under this section any such provision as to costs or expenses, the person giving the direction shall have regard to the conduct and means of the parties and any other relevant circumstances.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F95S. 27I inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 7; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order, art. 3, Sch. Pt.I

F96S. 27I repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F9727J Disconnections.E+W+S+N.I.

[F98Where any person has failed to pay any charges in connection with the provision of any relevant service by a designated operator, no power of that designated operator to discontinue the provision of that service shall be exercised against him as respects any amount which is genuinely in dispute.]

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F97S. 27J inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 8; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F98S. 27J repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F9927K Enforcement of standards of performance, etc.E+W+S+N.I.

[F100(1)Sections 16 to 18 above shall apply in relation to a designated operator as if it were a condition of the licence granted to him under section 7 above that he shall—

(a)achieve the standards of overall performance determined in relation to him under section 27B above;

(b)take steps to inform those of his customers to whom he supplies relevant services about—

(i)those standards, and

(ii)the levels of performance which he has achieved as respects those standards,

in accordance with section 27D above;

(c)comply with—

(i)the requirements of section 27E above, and

(ii)any direction given by the Director under subsection (4) or (6) of that section;

(d)comply with any order made under section 27F(3) above;

(e)comply with any direction given by the Director under section 27H(6) above;

(f)comply with any direction given under section 27I(3) above; and

(g)comply with the requirements of section 27J above.

(2)For the purposes of the application by this section of sections 16 to 18 above, any term of a licence granted under section 7 above which has or which might have the effect—

(a)of excepting a designated operator from liability for a contravention of a condition of that licence, or

(b)otherwise restricting any such liability,

shall not apply in relation to any contravention of the condition mentioned in subsection (1) above.]

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F99S. 27K inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 9; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order, art. 3, Sch. Pt.I

F100S. 27K repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F10127L Definitions for sections 27A to 27K.E+W+S+N.I.

[F102(1)For the purposes of sections 27A to 27K above—

  • designated operator” means any public telecommunications operator designated for the purposes of those sections by order made by the Secretary of State; and

  • relevant services” means—

    (a)

    any voice telephony service, telephone rental service, directory service, directory information service or facsimile transmission service provided for occupiers of residential or single line premises; and

    (b)

    any public call box service.

(2)The Secretary of State shall not exercise his power under subsection (1) above to designate a telecommunications operator unless he is satisfied that the operator provides at least 25 per cent. of the voice telephony services supplied within the area in relation to which he is a public telecommunications operator.

(3)For the purposes of this section—

  • public call box service” means a service which is provided by a designated operator and which consists of the provision of telecommunication apparatus which—

    (a)

    is owned and operated by the designated operator;

    (b)

    gives access to a voice telephony service; and

    (c)

    is intended for use by members of the public generally;

  • directory service” means a service which consists of the preparation and provision of a list (which may be made available in separate parts and through different media) of customers of a designated operator which is not arranged by reference to a description of the trades, professions or businesses carried on by those customers;

  • directory information service” has the same meaning as in section 4(3) above;

  • facsimile transmission service” means a telecommunication service for the transmission of electronic signals by a designated operator, over exchange lines provided by him, for the purposes of making a facsimile of a document;

  • hard wired telephone” means a telephone of a kind which can only be connected to a public telecommunication system by means other than—

    (a)

    the insertion of a plug into a socket; or

    (b)

    wireless telegraphy;

  • single line premises” means premises which are not residential premises but which are served by a single exchange line provided by the designated operator;

  • telephone rental service” means a service consisting in the hiring out of any hard wired telephone which is capable of emitting or receiving signals which have been, or are to be, conveyed by means of a public telecommunication system run by a designated operator;

  • voice telephony service” means a telecommunication service for the conveyance of speech over exchange lines provided by the designated operator.]]

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F101S. 27L inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 10; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F102S. 27L repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 147(e), 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Marking etc. of telecommunication apparatusE+W+S+N.I.

28 Information etc. to be marked on or to accompany telecommunication apparatus.E+W+S+N.I.

[F103(1)Where it appears to the Secretary of State expedient that any description of telecommunication apparatus should be marked with or accompanied by any information or instruction relating to the apparatus or its connection or use, the Secretary of State may by order impose requirements for securing that apparatus of that description is so marked or accompanied, and regulate or prohibit the supply of any such apparatus with respect to which the requirements are not complied with; and the requirements may extend to the form and manner in which the information or instruction is to be given.

(2)Where an order under this section is in force with respect to telecommunication apparatus of any description, any person who, in the course of any trade or business, supplies or offers to supply telecommunication apparatus of that description in contravention of the order shall, subject to subsection (3) below, be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(3)Subsections (4) to (6) of section 5 above shall apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that section.

(4)An order under this section may, in the case of telecommunication apparatus supplied in circumstances where the information or instruction required by the order would not be conveyed until after delivery, require the whole or part thereof to be also displayed near the apparatus.

(5)For the purposes of this section a person exposing telecommunication apparatus for supply or having telecommunication apparatus in his possession for supply shall be deemed to offer to supply it.

(6)In this section and section 29 below “supply” shall [F104have the same meaning as it has in Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987].]

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Amendments (Textual)

F103S. 28 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

29 Information etc. to be given in advertisements.E+W+S+N.I.

[F105(1)Where it appears to the Secretary of State expedient that any description of advertisements of telecommunication apparatus should contain or refer to any information relating to the apparatus or its connection or use, the Secretary of State may by order impose requirements as to the inclusion of that information, or an indication of the means by which it may be obtained, in advertisements of that description.

(2)Where an advertisement of any telecommunication apparatus to be supplied in the course of any trade or business fails to comply with any requirement imposed under this section, any person who publishes the advertisement shall, subject to subsections (3) and (4) below, be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(3)Subsections (4) to (6) of section 5 above shall apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that section.

(4)In any proceedings for an offence under this section it shall be a defence for the person charged to prove that he is a person whose business it is to publish or arrange for the publication of advertisements and that he received the advertisements for publication in the ordinary course of business and did not know and had no reason to suspect that its publication would amount to an offence under this section.

(5)An order under this section may specify the form and manner in which any information or indication required by the order is to be included in advertisements of any description.

(6)In this section “advertisement” includes a catalogue, a circular and a price list.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F105S. 29 repealed (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 otherwise) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 408, 411, Sch. 19(1) (with Sch. 18, Sch. 19(1) Note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3, Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

30 Enforcement provisions.E+W+S+N.I.

[F106(1)The Director or a relevant authority shall have power to purchase telecommunication apparatus, and to authorise any of his or their officers to purchase telecommunication apparatus on his or their behalf, for the purpose of ascertaining whether sections 28 and 29 above and orders made under those sections (in this section referred to as “the relevant provisions”) are being complied with.

(2)The Director shall have power to enforce the relevant provisions and every local weights and measures authority in Great Britain shall have power to enforce those provisions within their area; but nothing in this subsection shall be construed as authorising the Director or a local weights and measures authority to institute proceedings in Scotland for an offence.

(3)In this section “relevant authority” means—

(a)in relation to Great Britain, the Secretary of State or a local weights and measures authority on whom a power to enforce the relevant provisions is conferred by subsection (2) above;

(b)in relation to Northern Ireland, the Department of Economic Development for Northern Ireland.]

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F106S. 30 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Rating of telecommunications operatorsE+W+S+N.I.

[F10731 Rating in England and Wales.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In Schedule 3 to the M3Local Government Act 1974 (hereditaments to which section 19(1) of that Act applies) for paragraph 5A (hereditaments occupied by British Telecommunications by certain property used for the purposes of telecommunication services) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

5AAny hereditament occupied by a telecommunications operator (within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1984) by any such property as follows, namely, posts, wires, underground cables and ducts, telephone kiosks and other equipment being property used for the purpose of providing telecommunication services.

(2)Where an order made under the said section 19 applies to hereditaments occupied by a telecommunications operator by any such property as aforesaid, that operator shall be treated, for the purposes of the law relating to rating, as not being a public utility undertaking.

(3)This section extends to England and Wales only.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F107S. 31 repealed (E.W.) by S.I. 1990/776, art. 3, Sch. 1

Marginal Citations

32 Rating in Scotland.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In paragraph 5 of Schedule 1 to the M4Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975 (lands and heritages to which section 6(1) of that Act applies and occupied by British Telecommunications by certain property used for the purposes of telecommunication services)—

(a)for the words “British Telecommunications” there shall be substituted the words “ a telecommunications operator (within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1984) ”; and

(b)for the words from “not within” to “purposes of” there shall be substituted the words “ , being property used for the purpose of providing ”.

(2)This section extends to Scotland only.

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34 Compulsory purchase of land in England and Wales.E+W+S+N.I.

[F109(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, the Secretary of State may authorise a public telecommunications operator to purchase compulsorily any land in England and Wales which is required by the operator for, or in connection with, the establishment or running of the operator’s system or as to which it can reasonably be foreseen that it will be so required; and the M5Acquisition of Land Act 1981 shall apply to any compulsory purchase under this section as if the operator were a local authority within the meaning of that Act.

(2)No order shall be made authorising a compulsory purchase under this section except with the consent of the Director.

(3)The power of purchasing land compulsorily under this section includes power to acquire an easement or other right over land by the creation of a new right.

(4)The following provisions of M6[F110the Town and Country Planning Act 1990] shall have effect in relation to land acquired compulsorily by a public telecommunications operator under this section as they have effect in relation to land acquired compulsorily by statutory undertakers under any other enactment, namely—

(a)[F110sections 238 to 240] (use and development of consecrated land and burial grounds);

(b)[F110section 241] (use and development of land for open spaces); and

(c)[F110sections 271 to 274] (extinguishment of rights of way, and rights as to apparatus, of statutory undertakers).

(5)Where a public telecommunications operator has acquired any land under this section, he shall not dispose of that land or of any interest or right in or over it except with the consent of the Director.]

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F109S. 34 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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35 Compulsory purchase of land in Scotland.E+W+S+N.I.

[F111(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, the Secretary of State may authorise a public telecommunications operator to purchase compulsorily any land in Scotland which is required by the operator for, or in connection with, the establishment or running of the operator’s system or as to which it can reasonably be foreseen that it will be so required; and the M7Acquisition of Land (Authorisation Procedure) (Scotland) Act 1947 shall apply to any compulsory purchase under this section as if the operator were a local authority within the meaning of that Act and as if this section had been in force immediately before the commencement of that Act.

(2)No order shall be made authorising a compulsory purchase under this section except with the consent of the Director.

(3)The power of purchasing land compulsorily under this section includes power to acquire a servitude or other right over land by the creation of a new right.

(4)The following provisions of [F112the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997] shall have effect in relation to land acquired compulsorily by a public telecommunications operator under this section as they have effect in relation to land acquired compulsorily by statutory undertakers under any other enactment, namely—

(a)[F112section 197] (provisions as to churches and burial grounds);

(b)[F112section 198] (use and development of land for open spaces); and

(c)[F112sections 224 to 227] (extinguishment of rights of way, and rights as to apparatus, of statutory undertakers).

(5)Where a public telecommunications operator has acquired land under this section, he shall not dispose of that land or of any interest or right in or over it except with the consent of the Director.]

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F111S. 35 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F112Words in s. 35(4) substituted (27.5.1997) by 1997 c. 11, ss. 4, 6(2), Sch. 2 para. 37(1)

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36 Compulsory purchase of land in Northern Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

[F113(1)Where a public telecommunications operator proposes to acquire, otherwise than by agreement, any land in Northern Ireland required by him for, or in connection with, the establishment or running of his system or as to which it can reasonably be foreseen that it will be so required, he may, with the consent of the Director, apply to the Secretary of State for an order vesting that land in him and the Secretary of State shall have power to make such an order.

(2)The power of acquiring land compulsorily under this section shall include power to acquire, by the creation of a new right, an easement or other right over land.

(3)Where a public telecommunications operator has acquired any land under this section, he shall not dispose of it except with the consent of the Director.

(4)For the purposes of the acquisition of land by means of a vesting order under this section, Schedule 6 to the M8Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 and Schedule 8 to the M9 Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 are hereby incorporated in this Act subject to the modifications specified in subsection (5) below.

(5)The said modifications are as follows—

(a)for any reference in the said Schedule 6 to a council there shall be substituted a reference to the operator;

(b)for any reference in either Schedule to the Department there shall be substituted a reference to the Secretary of State;

(c)for any reference in either Schedule to the Act or Order in question there shall be substituted a reference to this Act;

(d)in paragraph 6(2) of the said Schedule 6, for the words from “the fund” onwards there shall be substituted the words “ funds of the operator (in this Schedule referred to as "the compensation fund’) and shall be discharged by payments made by the operator ”; and

(e)in paragraph 12(2) of that Schedule for the words “the clerk of the council” there shall be substituted the words “ such person as may be designated for the purposes of this Schedule by the operator ”.

(6)The enactments for the time being in force relating to the assessment of compensation in respect of land vested in a district council by an order made under Schedule 6 to the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 shall, subject to any necessary modifications, apply in relation to any land vested in a public telecommunications operator by an order made under this section.

(7)In this section “land” has the meaning assigned to it by section 45(1)(a) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.]

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F113S. 36 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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37 Entry, for exploratory purposes, on land in England and Wales.E+W+S+N.I.

[F114(1)A person nominated by a public telecommunications operator and duly authorised in writing by the Secretary of State may, at any reasonable time, enter upon and survey any land in England and Wales, other than land covered by buildings or used as a garden or pleasure ground, for the purpose of ascertaining whether the land would be suitable for use by the operator for, or in connection with, the establishment or running of the operator’s system.

(2)[F115Sections 324(8), 325(1) to (5), (8) and (9) of the M10Town and Country Planning Act 1990] (which contain supplementary provisions relating to the powers of entry conferred by [F115section 324(1) to (7)] thereof) shall have effect in relation to the power conferred by this section as they have effect in relation to the powers conferred by [F115the said section 324], subject however to the following modifications, namely—

(a)that [F115section 324(8)] (which relates to power to search and bore for the purpose of ascertaining the nature of the subsoil or the presence of minerals therein) shall so have effect as if the words “or the presence of minerals therein” were omitted; and

(b)that [F115section 325(1)] (which requires twenty-four hours’ notice to be given of an intended entry upon occupied land) shall so have effect as if for the words “twenty-four hours” there were substituted the words “ twenty-eight days ”.

(3)Where, in an exercise of the power conferred by this section, any damage is caused to land or to chattels, the operator shall make good the damage or pay to every person interested in the land or chattels compensation in respect of the damage; and where, in consequence of an exercise of that power, any person is disturbed in his enjoyment of any land or chattels, the operator shall pay to that person compensation in respect of the disturbance.

(4)[F116Section 118 of the said Act of 1990] (which provides for the determination of disputes as to compensation under [F116Part IV of that Act]) shall apply to any question of disputed compensation under this section.]

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F114S. 37 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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38 Entry, for exploratory purposes, on land in Scotland.E+W+S+N.I.

[F117(1)A person nominated by a public telecommunications operator and duly authorised in writing by the Secretary of State may, at any reasonable time, enter upon and survey any land in Scotland, other than land covered by buildings or used as a garden or pleasure ground, for the purpose of ascertaining whether the land would be suitable for use by the operator for, or in connection with, the establishment or running of the operator’s system.

(2)[F118Sections 269(6) and 270(1) to (5), (8) and (9) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997] (supplementary provisions as to powers of entry) shall have effect in relation to the power conferred by this section as they have effect in relation to the powers conferred by [F118the said section 269], subject to the following modifications, namely—

(a)that [F118section 270(1)] (twenty-four hours’ notice to be given of an intended entry upon occupied land) shall so have effect as if for the words “twenty-four hours” there were substituted the words “ twenty-eight days ”; and

(b)that [F118section 269(6)] (power to search and bore for minerals etc.) shall so have effect as if the words “or the presence of minerals therein” were omitted.

(3)Where, in an exercise of the power conferred by this section, any damage is caused to land or to corporeal moveables, the operator shall make good the damage or pay to every person interested in the land or corporeal moveables compensation in respect of the damage; and where, in consequence of an exercise of that power, any person is disturbed in his enjoyment of any land or corporeal moveables, the operator shall pay to that person compensation in respect of the disturbance.

(4)Any question arising under this section as to the effect of damage or as to the amount of compensation shall, in the case of dispute, be determined by arbitration, and the reference in such an arbitration shall be to a single arbiter to be appointed by agreement between the parties or, in default of an agreement, by the Secretary of State.]

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F117S. 38 repealed (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 otherwise) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 408, 411, Sch. 19(1) (with Sch. 18, Sch. 19(1) Note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3, Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

F118Words in s. 38(2) substituted (27.5.1997) by 1997 c. 11, ss. 4, 6(2), Sch. 2 para. 37(2)

39 Entry, for exploratory purposes, on land in Northern Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

[F119(1)A person nominated by a public telecommunications operator and duly authorised in writing by the Secretary of State may, at any reasonable time, enter upon and survey any land in Northern Ireland, other than land covered by buildings or used as a garden or pleasure ground, for the purpose of ascertaining whether the land would be suitable for use by the operator for, or in connection with, the establishment or running of the operator’s system.

(2)Section 40(2) to (5) and (8) of the Land Development Values (Compensation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1965 (which contains supplementary provisions relating to the power of entry conferred by subsection (1) of that section) shall have effect in relation to the power conferred by this section as it has effect in relation to the power conferred by the said subsection (1), subject however to the following modifications, namely—

(a)that section 40(2) (which relates to power to search and bore for the purpose of ascertaining the nature of the subsoil or the presence of minerals therein) shall so have effect as if the words “or the presence of minerals therein” were omitted; and

(b)that section 40(3)(b) (which requires three days’ notice to be given of an intended entry upon occupied land) shall so have effect as if for the word “three” there were substituted the word “ twenty-eight ”.

(3)Where, in an exercise of the power conferred by this section, any damage is caused to land or to chattels, the operator shall make good the damage or pay to every person interested in the land or chattels, compensation in respect of the damage; and where in consequence of an exercise of that power, any person is disturbed in his enjoyment of any land or chattels, the operator shall pay to that person compensation in respect of the disturbance.

(4)Section 31 of the said Act of 1965 (which provides for the determination of disputes as to compensation under Part III of that Act) shall apply to any question of disputed compensation under this section.]

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F119S. 39 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

40 Acquisition of land by agreement.E+W+S+N.I.

[F120(1)For the purpose of the acquisition by agreement by a public telecommunications operator of land in England and Wales the provisions of Part I of the M11Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 (so far as applicable) other than sections 4 to 8, section 27 and section 31 shall apply.

(2)For the purpose of the acquisition by agreement by a public telecommunications operator of land in Scotland, section 109(2) of the M12Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972 (incorporation of Lands Clauses Acts) shall, with any necessary modifications, apply for the purposes of this Act as it applies for the purposes of that Act.

(3)For the purpose of the acquisition by agreement by a public telecommunications operator of land in Northern Ireland, the Lands Clauses Acts shall be incorporated with this Act except for sections 127 to 133 (sale of superfluous land) and sections 150 and 151 (access to the special Act) of the M13Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845.]

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F120S. 40 repealed (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 otherwise) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 408, 411, Sch. 19(1) (with Sch. 18, Sch. 19(1) Note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3, Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

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41 Purchase of Duchy of Lancaster land.E+W+S+N.I.

[F121The Chancellor and Council of the Duchy of Lancaster may, if they think fit, agree with a public telecommunications operator for the sale, and absolutely make sale, for such sum of money as appears to them to be sufficient consideration for the same, of any land belonging to Her Majesty in right of the Duchy of Lancaster which the operator seeks to acquire for, or in connection with, the establishment or running of his system.]

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F121S. 41 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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42 Fraudulent use of telecommunication system.E+W+S+N.I.

[F122(1)A person who dishonestly obtains a [F123service to which this subsection applies] with intent to avoid payment of any charge applicable to the provision of that service shall be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding [F124five years] or to a fine or to both.

(2)[F125Subsection (1) above applies to any service (other than a service [F126such as is mentioned in section 297(1) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988)] which is provided by means of] a telecommunication system the running of which is authorised by a licence granted under section 7 above.]

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F122S. 42 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F124Words in s. 42(1)(b) substituted (27.4.1997) by 1997 c. 4, ss. 2(1) 3(3) (with s. 2(2))

[F12742A Possession or supply of anything for fraudulent purpose in connection with use of telecommunication system.E+W+S+N.I.

[F128(1)Subsection (2) below applies if a person has in his custody or under his control anything [F129(other than an unauthorised decoder as defined in section 297A(4) of the M14Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988)] which may be used for the purpose of obtaining, or for a purpose connected with the obtaining of, a service to which section 42(1) above applies.

(2)If the person intends—

(a)to use the thing—

(i)to obtain such a service dishonestly, or

(ii)for a purpose connected with the dishonest obtaining of such a service,

(b)dishonestly to allow the thing to be used to obtain such a service, or

(c)to allow the thing to be used for a purpose connected with the dishonest obtaining of such a service,

he shall be guilty of an offence.

(3)Subsection (4) below applies if a person supplies or offers to supply anything [F130(other than an unauthorised decoder as defined in section 297A(4) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988)]which may be used for the purpose of obtaining, or for a purpose connected with the obtaining of, a service to which section 42(1) above applies.

(4)If the person supplying or offering to supply the thing knows or believes that the person to whom it is supplied or offered intends or intends if it is supplied to him—

(a)to use it—

(i)to obtain such a service dishonestly, or

(ii)for a purpose connected with the dishonest obtaining of such a service,

(b)dishonestly to allow it to be used to obtain such a service, or

(c)to allow it to be used for a purpose connected with the dishonest obtaining of such a service,

he shall be guilty of an offence.

(5)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both, and

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine or to both.

(6)In this section, references to use of a thing include, in the case of a thing which is used to record any data, use of any of the data.]]

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F127S. 42A inserted (27.4.1997) by 1997 C. 4, ss. 1, 3(3)

F128S. 42A repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F129Words in s. 42A(1) inserted (28.5.2000) by S.I. 2000/1175, reg. 3

F130Words in s. 42A(3) inserted (28.5.2000) by S.I. 2000/1175, reg. 3

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43 Improper use of public telecommunication system.E+W+S+N.I.

[F131(1)A person who—

(a)sends, by means of a public telecommunication system, a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or

(b)sends by those means, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, a message that he knows to be false or persistently makes use for that purpose of a public telecommunication system,

shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to [F132imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or both].

(2)Subsection (1) above does not apply to anything done in the course of providing a [F133programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990)].]

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Amendments (Textual)

F131S.43 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F132Words in s. 43(1) substituted (3.2.1995) by 1994 c. 33, s. 92(1)(2); S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

44 Modification etc. of messages.E+W+S+N.I.

[F134(1)A person engaged in the running of a public telecommunication system who otherwise than in the course of his duty intentionally modifies or interferes with the contents of a message sent by means of that system shall be guilty of an offence.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) above shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.]

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F134S.44 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with Sch. 17 para. 63, Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F13545 Disclosure of messages etc.E+W+S+N.I.

[F136(1)A person engaged in the running of a public telecommunication system who otherwise than in the course of his duty intentionally discloses to any person —

(a)the contents of any message which has been intercepted in the course of its transmission by means of that system; or

(b)any information concerning the use made of telecommunication services provided for any other person by means of that system,

shall be guilty of an offence.

[F137(2)Subsection (1) above does not apply to any disclosure made—

(a)in accordance with the order of any court or for the purposes of any criminal proceedings;

(b)in accordance with any warrant, authorisation or notice issued, granted or given under any provision of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000;

(c)in compliance with any requirement imposed (apart from that Act) in consequence of the exercise by any person of any statutory power exercisable by him for the purpose of obtaining any document or other information; or

(d)in pursuance of any duty under that Act of 2000, or under Part III of the M15Police Act 1997, to provide information or produce any document to the Interception of Communications Commissioner or to the tribunal established under section 65 of that Act of 2000.

F137(3)In subsection (2) above “criminal proceedings” and “statutory power” have the same meanings as in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.]

(4)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F136S.45 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with Sch. 17 para. 63, Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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46 Assaults etc. on persons engaged in the business of public telecommunications operator.E+W+S+N.I.

[F138(1)A person who—

(a)assaults or intentionally obstructs a person engaged in the business of a public telecommunications operator; or

(b)whilst in any premises used for the purposes of the business of such an operator, intentionally obstructs the course of business of the operator,

shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(2)Any person engaged in the business of a public telecommunications operator may require any person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) above to leave premises used for the purposes of that business and, if any such offender who is so required refuses or fails to comply with the requirement, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a further fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale and may be removed by a person engaged in that business; and any constable shall on demand remove or assist in removing any such offender.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F138S.46 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with Sch. 17 para. 63, Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F139 RegulationsE+W+S+N.I.

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F139S. 46A and cross heading inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s.49; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt.I.

F14046A Powers to make regulations.E+W+S+N.I.

[F141(1)Any power under this Part of this Act to make regulations shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)Any statutory instrument containing regulations made by the Secretary of State under this Part of this Act shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(3)Any such regulations may—

(a)provide for the determination of questions of fact or of law which may arise in giving effect to the regulations;

(b)make provision regulating (otherwise than in relation to any court proceedings) any matters relating to the practice and procedure to be followed in connection with the determination of such questions;

(c)make provision as to the mode of proof of any matter;

(d)make provision as to parties and their representation;

(e)provide for the right to appear before and be heard by the Secretary of State, the Director and other authorities;

(f)make provision as to awarding costs or expenses of proceedings for the determination of such questions, including the amount of the costs or expenses and the enforcement of the awards;

(g)provide for anything falling to be determined under the regulations to be determined by such persons, in accordance with such procedure and by reference to such matters and to the opinion of such persons, as may be prescribed by the regulations;

(h)make different provision for different cases, including different provision in relation to different persons, circumstances or localities; and

(i)make such supplemental, consequential and transitional provision as the Secretary of State or, as the case may be, the Director considers appropriate.

(4)Any such regulations which prescribe a period within which things are to be done may provide for extending the period so prescribed.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F140S. 46A and cross heading inserted (1.7.1992) by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s.49; Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1992, art. 3, Sch. Pt.I

F141S. 46A repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

[F142AppealsE+W+S+N.I.

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Amendments (Textual)

F142S. 46B and cross heading inserted (20.12.1999) by S.I. 1999/3180, reg. 3(3)

46B AppealsE+W+S+N.I.

[F143(1)This section shall apply to the following decisions of the Secretary of State or the Director under this Part taken on or after 20th December 1999—

(a)a decision to grant or refuse to grant a licence under section 7;

(b)a decision to include within a licence on its grant particular provisions—

(i)describing the telecommunication systems authorised to be run under the licence;

(ii)describing the connections authorised to be made;

(iii)describing the telecommunication services authorised to be provided;

(iv)imposing a condition; or

(v)applying the telecommunications code to the licensee subject to such exceptions and conditions as may be included in the licence;

(c)a decision with regard to the designation under section 9 of a telecommunication system as a public telecommunication system;

(d)a decision with regard to the modification of any exception or condition included in a licence as mentioned in section 10(3);

[F144(da)a decision with regard to the modification under section 12 of a condition of a licence granted under section 7 above to a particular person;]

(e)a decision to exercise any power contained in a licence to give a direction or consent or to make any determination;

(f)a decision with regard to the enforcement of conditions in a licence;

(g)a decision to revoke a licence;

(h)a decision with regard to approval of any person, apparatus or meter; and

(j)any other decison (other than a decision made under sections 12 to 15) in respect of which the rights or interests of a person running or wishing to run a telecommunication system under a licence or making or wishing to make any connection or providing or wishing to provide any telecommunication service by means of a telecommunication system licensed under this Act are materially affected.

(2)Subject to subsection (5) below, a person aggrieved by a decision to which this section applies may appeal against the decision on one or more of the following grounds—

(a)that a material error as to the facts has been made;

(b)that there was a material procedural error;

(c)that an error of law has been made; or

(d)that there was some other material illegality, including unreasonableness or lack of proportionality.

(3)In England and Wales and Northern Ireland, an appeal lies to the High Court, and in Scotland, an appeal lies to the Court of Session.

(4)The court determining an appeal may—

(a)dismiss the appeal; or

(b)quash the decision,

and where the court quashes a decision it may refer the matter to the Secretary of State or the Director (as the case may be) with a direction to reconsider it and reach a decision in accordance with the findings of the court.

(5)No appeal under this section shall be brought unless the leave of the court has been obtained.

(6)An appeal under this section shall be brought—

(a)in respect of a decision made under section 16, without unreasonable delay and in any event not later than 42 days from the date on which the Secretary of State or the Director made his decision; or

(b)in respect of any other decision to which this section applies, without unreasonable delay and in any event not later than three months from the date on which the Secretary of State or the Director made his decision, or within such other period as may be specified by rules of court.

(7)The effect of a decision to which an appeal under this section relates shall not, except where the court so orders, be suspended in consequence of the bringing of the appeal.

(8)Any proceedings under this section in the Court of Session shall be before the Lord Ordinary.]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F143S. 46B repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F144S. 46B(1)(da) inserted (25.7.2000) by 2000 c. 7, s. 12 (with s. 14); S.I. 2000/1798, art. 2

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Part IIIE+W+S+N.I. Other Functions of Director

47 General functions.E+W+S+N.I.

[F145(1)It shall be the duty of the Director, so far as it appears to him practicable from time to time, to keep under review the carrying on both within and outside the United Kingdom of activities connected with telecommunications.

(2)It shall also be the duty of the Director, so far as it appears to him practicable from time to time, to collect information with respect to commercial activities connected with telecommunications carried on in the United Kingdom, and the persons by whom they are carried on, with a view to his becoming aware of, and ascertaining the circumstances relating to, matters with respect to which his functions are exercisable.

(3)The Secretary of State may give general directions indicating—

(a)considerations to which the Director should have particular regard in determining the order of priority in which matters are to be brought under review in the performance of his duty under subsection (1) or (2) above; and

(b)considerations to which, in cases where it appears to the Director that any of his functions are exercisable, he should have particular regard in determining whether to exercise those functions.

(4)It shall be the duty of the Director, where either he considers it expedient or he is requested by the Secretary of State or [F146the Office of Fair Trading] to do so, to give information, advice and assistance to the Secretary of State or [F146the Office of Fair Trading] with respect to any matter in respect of which any function of the Director is exercisable.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F145S. 47 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F146Words in s. 47(4) substituted (1.4.2003) by 2002 c. 40, ss. 278, 279, Sch. 25 para. 13(6); S.I. 2003/766, art. 2, Sch. (with transitional and transitory provisions in art. 3)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C29Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

48 Publication of information and advice.E+W+S+N.I.

[F147(1)The Director may arrange for the publication, in such form and in such manner as he may consider appropriate, of such information and advice as it may appear to him to be expedient to give to consumers, purchasers and other users of telecommunication services or telecommunication apparatus in the United Kingdom.

(2)In arranging for the publication of any such information or advice, the Director shall have regard to the need for excluding, so far as that is practicable,—

(a)any matter which relates to the private affairs of an individual, where the publication of that matter would or might, in the opinion of the Director, seriously and prejudicially affect the interests of that individual; and

(b)any matter which relates specifically to the affairs of a particular body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporate, where publication of that matter would or might, in the opinion of the Director, seriously and prejudicially affect the interests of that body.

(3)Without prejudice to the exercise of his powers under subsection (1) of this section, it shall be the duty of the Director to encourage relevant associations to prepare, and to disseminate to their members, codes of practice for guidance in safeguarding and promoting the interests of consumers, purchasers and other users of telecommunication services or telecommunication apparatus in the United Kingdom.

[F148(3A)The Office of Fair Trading shall consult the Director before publishing under section 6 of the Enterprise Act 2002 any information or advice which may be published by the Director under this section.]

(4)In this section “relevant association” means any association (whether incorporated or not) whose membership consists wholly or mainly of persons engaged in the provision of telecommunication services or the supply of telecommunication apparatus or of persons employed by or representing persons so engaged and whose objects or activities include the promotion of the interests of persons so engaged.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F147S. 48 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C30Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

49 Investigation of complaints.E+W+S+N.I.

[F149(1)It shall be the duty of the Director to consider any matter which—

(a)relates to telecommunication services provided or telecommunication apparatus supplied in the United Kingdom; and

(b)is the subject of a representation (other than one appearing to the Director to be frivolous) made to the Director by or on behalf of a person appearing to the Director to have an interest in that matter.

(2)F150. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)Where any matter considered by the Director under subsection (1) above is one in respect of which any of his functions is exercisable, the Director shall, if he is required to do so or if he thinks fit, exercise that function with respect to that matter.

(4)Section 9 of the 1981 Act (users’ councils), which is superseded by this section and section 54 below, shall cease to have effect.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F149S. 49 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C31Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

50 Functions under 1973 and 1980 Acts.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)F151. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F152(2)

[F153The functions to which subsection (2A) below applies shall be concurrent functions of the Director and the Office of Fair Trading.]

(2A)

[F153This subsection applies to the functions of the Office of Fair Trading under Part 4 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (other than sections 166 and 171) so far as relating to commercial activities connected with telecommunications.]

(2B)

[F153So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, subsections (2) and (2A) above, references in Part 4 of the Act of 2002 to the Office of Fair Trading (including references in provisions of that Act applied by that Part) shall be construed as including references to the Director (except in sections 166 and 171 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).]]

[F154(3)

[F153The Director shall be entitled to exercise, concurrently with [F155the Office of Fair Trading], the functions of [F155the Office of Fair Trading]under the provisions of Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51), so far as relating to—

(a)agreements, decisions or concerted practices of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of that Act, or

(b)conduct of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of that Act,

which relate to commercial activities connected with telecommunications.]

F154(3A)

[F153So far as necessary for the purposes of, or in connection with, the provisions of subsection (3) above, references in Part I of the Competition Act 1998 to [F156the Office of Fair Trading] are to be read as including a reference to the Director (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54 of that Act and in any other provision of that Act where the context otherwise requires).]]

[F157(4)

[F153Before the Office of Fair Trading or the Director first exercises in relation to any matter functions which are exercisable concurrently by virtue of subsection (2) above, that person shall consult the other.]

(4A)

[F153Neither the Office of Fair Trading nor the Director shall exercise in relation to any matter functions which are exercisable concurrently by virtue of subsection (2) above if functions which are so exercisable have been exercised in relation to that matter by the other.]]

(5)

[F153It shall be the duty of the Director, for the purpose of assisting the Commission in carrying out an investigation on a reference made to them by the Director by virtue of subsection (2) F158. . . above, to give to the Commission—

(a)any information which is in his possession and which relates to matters falling within the scope of the investigation, and which is either requested by the Commission for that purpose or is information which in his opinion it would be appropriate for that purpose to give to the Commission without any such request; and

(b)any other assistance which the Commission may require, and which it is within his power to give, in relation to any such matters,

and the Commission, for the purposes of carrying out any such investigation, shall take into account any information given to them for that purpose under this subsection.]

(6)

[F159If any question arises [F160in any particular case as to the jurisdiction of the Director under any of the provisions mentioned in][F161subsection (2A)] or (3) above F162. . . F163. . ., that question shall be referred to and determined by the Secretary of State; and no objection shall be taken to anything done under—

(a)[F164Part 4 of the Enterprise Act 2002]; or

[F165(b)Part I of the Competition Act 1998 (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51),]

by or in relation to the Director on the ground that it should have been done by or in relation to [F166the Office of Fair Trading].]

[F167(6A)

[F153Section 117 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (offences of supplying false or misleading information) as applied by section 180 of that Act shall have effect so far as relating to functions exercisable by the Director by virtue of subsection (2) above as if the references in section 117(1)(a) and (2) to the Office of Fair Trading included references to the Director.]]

(7)F168. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Amendments (Textual)

F151S. 50(1) repealed (20.6.2003) by 2002 c. 40, ss. 278, 279, Sch. 25 {para. 13(8)(a)}, Sch. 26; S.I. 2003/1397, art. 2(1), Sch. (with arts. 8, 10)

F153S. 50(2)-(6A) repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F154S. 50(3)(3A) substituted for s. 50(3) (26.11.1998 for specified purpose and otherwise 1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 41, s. 54(2), Sch. 10 Pt. II para. 2(6); S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

F155Words in s. 50(3) substituted (1.4.2003) by 2002 c. 40, s. 278, 279, Sch. 25 {para. 13(8)(b)(i)(ii)}; S.I. 2003/766, art. 2, Sch. (with transitional provisions in art. 3)

F156Words in s. 50(3A) substituted (1.4.2003) by 2002 c. 40, ss. 278, 279, Sch. 25 {para. 13(8)(c)}; S.I. 2003/766, art. 2, Sch. (with transitional provisions in art. 3)

F158Words in s. 50(5) omitted (26.11.1998 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.3.2000) by virtue of 1998 c. 41, s. 54(2), Sch. 10 Pt. II para. 2(8); S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch. and repealed (1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 41, s. 74(3), Sch. 14 Pt. I; S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

F159S. 50(2)-(6A) repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003, (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18, Sch. 19 notes 1, 5); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in arts. 3-6) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F160Words in s. 50(6) substituted (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 40, ss. 12(7), 82(2), Sch. 4 para. 3(a)

F163Words in s. 50(6) repealed (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 40, ss. 12, 81, 82(2), Sch. 4 para. 3, Sch. 17

F165S. 50(6)(b) substituted (26.11.1998 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 41, s. 54(2), Sch. 10 Pt. II para. 2(9); S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2 ; S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

F166Words in s. 50(6) substituted (1.4.2003) by 2002 c. 40, ss. 278, 279, Sch. 25 para. 13(8)(d); S.I. 2003/766, art. 2, Sch. (with transitional provisions in art. 3)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C32Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

C33S. 50(3) restricted (26.11.1998 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 41, s. 54(2), Sch. 10 Pt. II para. 2(1); S.I. 1998/2750, art. 2; S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

51 Co-ordination of functions under Part II and wireless telegraphy functions.E+W+S+N.I.

[F169(1)With a view to co-ordinating the exercise of functions under Part II of this Act and the Secretary of State’s licensing powers under section 1 of the M16Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (licensing of wireless telegraphy), it shall be the duty of the Director, where either he considers it expedient or he is requested by the Secretary of State to do so, to give to the Secretary of State—

(a)advice with respect to the exercise of those powers in cases where the running of a telecommunication system is involved; and

(b)information with respect to any matters appearing to him to be relevant to the exercise of those powers in such cases.

(2)The Director shall, in exercising his functions under Part II or Part III of this Act, have regard to such of the principles applied by the Secretary of State in exercising his licensing powers under section 1 of the said Act of 1949 as may from time to time be notified to the Director by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this subsection.

(3)For the purposes of this section—

(a)references to the licensing powers of the Secretary of State under section 1 of the said Act of 1949 are references to the powers of the Secretary of State with respect to the grant, variation or revocation of licences authorising the establishment, installation or use of stations for wireless telegraphy or wireless telegraphy apparatus; and

(b)the running of a telecommunication system is involved in cases where those powers are exercisable in relation to any station or apparatus which is in use or intended for use in running a telecommunication system.

(4)In this section “station for wireless telegraphy” and “wireless telegraphy apparatus” have the same meanings as in the said Act of 1949.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F169S. 51 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C34Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

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52 Power to give assistance in relation to certain proceedings.E+W+S+N.I.

[F170(1)Where, in relation to any proceedings or prospective proceedings to which this section applies, any actual or prospective party to the proceedings (other than the telecommunications operator) applies to the Director for assistance under this section, the Director may grant the application if he thinks fit to do so—

(a)on the ground that the case raises a question of principle; or

(b)on the ground that it is unreasonable, having regard to the complexity of the case or to any other matter, to expect the applicant to deal with the case without any assistance under this section; or

(c)by reason of any other special consideration.

(2)This section applies to any proceedings in which there falls to be determined any question arising under or in connection with—

(a)the telecommunications code as applied to a telecommunications operator in relation to any part or locality of the United Kingdom; or

(b)any exception or condition subject to which that code has effect as so applied.

(3)Assistance by the Director under this section may include—

(a)giving advice;

(b)procuring or attempting to procure the settlement of the matter in dispute;

(c)arranging for the giving of advice or assistance by a solicitor or counsel;

(d)arranging for representation by a solicitor or counsel, including such assistance as is usually given by a solicitor or counsel in the steps preliminary or incidental to any proceedings, or in arriving at or giving effect to a compromise to avoid or bring to an end any proceedings;

(e)any other form of assistance which the Director may consider appropriate,

but paragraph (d) above shall not affect the law and practice regulating the descriptions of persons who may appear in, conduct, defend, and address the court in, any proceedings.

(4)In so far as expenses are incurred by the Director in providing the applicant with assistance under this section, the recovery of those expenses (as taxed or assessed in such manner as may be prescribed by rules of court) shall constitute a first charge for the benefit of the Director—

(a)on any costs or expenses which (whether by virtue of a judgment or order of a court or an agreement or otherwise) are payable to the applicant by any other person in respect of the matter in connection with which the assistance is given; and

(b)so far as relates to any costs or expenses, on his rights under any compromise or settlement arrived at in connection with that matter to avoid or bring to an end any proceedings.

[F171(5)A charge conferred by subsection (4) above is subject to—

[F172(a)any charge imposed by section 10(7) of the Access to Justice Act 1999 and any provision in, or made under, Part I of that Act for payment of any sum to the Legal Services Commission;]

(b)any charge or obligation for payment in priority to other debts under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 and any provision of that Act for payment of any sum into the Scottish Legal Aid Fund; or

(c)any charge under the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 and any provision of that Order for payment of any sum into the legal aid fund.]

(6)Any expenses incurred by the Director in providing assistance under this section shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament; and any sums received by the Director by virtue of any charge conferred by subsection (4) above shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F170S. 52 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C35Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

C36S. 52(3)(c) and (d) amended (E.W.) by S.I. 1991/2684, arts. 2(1), 4, Sch. 1.

53 Power to require information etc.E+W+S+N.I.

[F173(1)The Director may, for any relevant purpose, by notice in writing signed by him—

(a)require any person to produce, at a time and place specified in the notice, to the Director or to any person appointed by him for the purpose, any documents which are specified or described in the notice and are in that person’s custody or under his control; or

(b)require any person carrying on any business to furnish to the Director such estimates, returns or other information as may be specified or described in the notice, and specify the time, the manner and the form in which any such estimates, returns or information are to be furnished;

but no person shall be compelled for any such purpose to produce any documents which he could not be compelled to produce in civil proceedings before the court or, in complying with any requirement for the furnishing of information, to give any information which he could not be compelled to give in evidence in such proceedings.

(2)A person who refuses or, without reasonable excuse, fails to do anything duly required of him by a notice under subsection (1) above shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(3)A person who—

(a)intentionally alters, suppresses or destroys any document which he has been required by any such notice to produce; or

(b)in furnishing any estimate, return or other information required of him under any such notice, makes any statement which he knows to be false in a material particular, or recklessly makes any statement which is false in a material particular,

shall be guilty of an offence.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (3) above shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.

(5)If a person makes default in complying with a notice under subsection (1) of this section, the court may, on the application of the Director, make such order as the court thinks fit for requiring the default to be made good; and any such order may provide that all the costs or expenses of and incidental to the application shall be borne by the person in default or by any officers of a company or other association who are responsible for its default.

(6)In this section—

  • the court” has the same meaning as in section 18 above;

  • relevant purpose” means any purpose connected with—

(a)the investigation of any offence under section 5, 28 or 29 above or any proceedings for any such offence;

[F174(aa) the determination of any dispute referred to the Director under section 27F above;]

[F175 (ab) the determination of any dispute referred to the Director in accordance with regulations made under section 27G above;] or

(b)the exercise of the Director’s functions under [F176section 16, 27E, 27H, 27I, 47, 49, 50, 51 or 52 above][F177or under the Telecommunications (Open Network Provision) (Voice Telephony) Regulations 1998].]

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Amendments (Textual)

F173S. 53 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), ss. 406, 411(2)(3), Sch. 19 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18 and Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in art. 3) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

F174S. 53(6): para. (aa) inserted (1.9.1992) in the definition of 'relevant purpose' by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 5(2); Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order, art. 4, Sch. Pt. II

F175S. 53(6): para. (ab) inserted (1.7.1992) in the definition of 'relevant purpose' by Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 (c. 43), s. 6(2); Competition and Services (Utilities) Act 1992 (Commencement No. 1) Order, art. 3, Sch. Pt. I

F176S. 53(6): words in para. (b) substituted (31.12.1997) by S.I. 1997/2930, reg. 3(14)

F177S. 53(6): words in para. (b) added (21.7.1998) by S.I. 1998/1580, reg. 40(2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C37Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

54 Power to establish advisory bodies.E+W+S+N.I.

F178. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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55 Annual and other reports.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Director shall, as soon as practicable after the end of the year 1984 and of each subsequent calendar year, make to the Secretary of State a report on—

(a)his activities during that year; and

(b)the Commission’s activities during that year so far as relating to references made by him.

(2)Every such report shall include—

(a)a general survey of developments, during the year to which it relates, in respect of matters falling within the scope of the Director’s functions (including, in particular, those affecting small businesses or persons who are disabled or of pensionable age); and

(b)the reports which the advisory bodies established under section 54(1) or (4) above make to him on their activities during that year.

(3)The Secretary of State shall lay a copy of every report made by the Director under subsection (1) above before each House of Parliament, and shall arrange for every such report to be published in such manner as he may consider appropriate.

(4)The Director may also prepare such other reports as appear to him to be expedient with respect to such matters as are mentioned in subsection (2) above and may arrange for any such report to be published in such manner as he may consider appropriate.

(5)In making any report under this section the Director shall have regard to the need for excluding, so far as that is practicable, the matters specified in section 48(2)(a) and (b) above.

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C39Ss. 3-7, 12-19, Pt. III (ss. 47-55) applied (with modifications) (7.1.1997) by S.I. 1996/3151, reg. 8(2), Sch. 1 para. 1

Part IVE+W+S+N.I.

56–59. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .F179. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

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Part VE+W+S+N.I. Transfer of Undertaking of British Telecommunications

Vesting of property etc. of British Telecommunications in a company nominated by the Secretary of StateE+W+S+N.I.

60 Vesting of property etc. of British Telecommunications in a company nominated by the Secretary of State.E+W+S+N.I.

[F180(1)On such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint for the purposes of this Part (in this Act referred to as “the transfer date”), all the property, rights and liabilities (other than the excepted liabilities) to which British Telecommunications was entitled or subject immediately before that date shall (subject to the following provisions of this section) become by virtue of this section property, rights and liabilities of a company nominated for the purposes of this section by the Secretary of State (in this Act referred to as “the successor company”).

(2)In this Act “the excepted liabilities” means the liabilities which subsist by virtue of a deed of covenant dated 22nd November 1978 and made between the Post Office and the then trustees of the Post Office Staff Superannuation Scheme.

(3)The Secretary of State may, after consulting British Telecommunications, by order nominate for the purposes of this section any company formed and registered under the [F181M17Companies Act 1985 or the enactments thereby replaced]; but on the transfer date the company in question must be a company limited by shares which is wholly owned by the Crown.

(4)References in this Act to property, rights and liabilities of British Telecommunications are references to all such property, rights and liabilities, whether or not capable of being transferred or assigned by British Telecommunications.

(5)It is hereby declared for the avoidance of doubt that—

(a)any reference in this Act to property of British Telecommunications is a reference to property of British Telecommunications whether situated in the United Kingdom or elsewhere; and

(b)any such reference to rights or liabilities of British Telecommunications is a reference to rights to which British Telecommunications is entitled, or (as the case may be) liabilities to which British Telecommunications is subject, whether under the law of the United Kingdom or of any part of the United Kingdom or under the law of any country or territory outside the United Kingdom.

(6)In the M18House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 in Part III of Schedule 1 (other disqualifying offices) there shall be inserted (at the appropriate place in alphabetical order) the following entry—

Director of the successor company within the meaning of Part V of the Telecommunications Act 1984, being a director nominated or appointed by a Minister of the Crown or by a person acting on behalf of the Crown;

and the like insertion shall be made in Part III of Schedule 1 to the M19Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F180S. 60 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003, (c. 21), ss. 398(2)(a), 406, 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18, Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in arts. 3-6) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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61 Initial Government holding in the successor company.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)

[F182As a consequence of the vesting in the successor company by virtue of section 60 above of property, rights and liabilities of British Telecommunications, the successor company shall issue such securities of the company as the Secretary of State may from time to time direct—

(a)to the Secretary of State; or

(b)to any person entitled to require the issue of the securities following their initial allotment to the Secretary of State.]

(2)

[F182The Secretary of State shall not give a direction under subsection (1) above at a time when the successor company has ceased to be wholly owned by the Crown.]

(3)

[F182Securities required to be issued in pursuance of this section shall be issued or allotted at such time or times and on such terms (as to allotment) as the Secretary of State may direct.]

(4)

[F182Shares issued in pursuance of this section—

(a)shall be of such nominal value as the Secretary of State may direct; and

(b)shall be issued as fully paid and treated for the purposes of the [F183Companies Act 1985] as if they had been paid up by virtue of the payment to the successor company of their nominal value in cash.]

(5)

[F182The Secretary of State may not exercise any power conferred on him by this section, or dispose of any securities issued or of any rights to securities initially allotted to him in pursuance of this section, without the consent of the Treasury.]

(6)

[F182Any dividends or other sums received by [F184the Treasury or] the Secretary of State in right of or on the disposal of any securities or rights acquired by virtue of this section shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.]

(7)F185. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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F182S. 61(1)-(6) repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003, (c. 21), ss. 398(2)(b), 406, 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18, Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in arts. 3-6) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

62 Conversion of certain loans transferred to the successor company.E+W+S+N.I.

[F186(1)The Secretary of State may by order extinguish all or any liabilities of the successor company to the Secretary of State in respect of the principal of such transferred loans as may be specified in the order; and the assets of the National Loans fund shall accordingly be reduced by amounts corresponding to any liabilities so extinguished.

(2)As a consequence of the extinguishment by an order under subsection (1) above of any such liabilities, the successor company shall issue such debentures of the company as the Secretary of State may direct—

(a)to the Secretary of State; or

(b)to any person entitled to require the issue of the debentures following their initial allotment to the Secretary of State.

(3)The Secretary of State shall not make an order or give a direction under this section at a time when the successor company has ceased to be wholly owned by the Crown.

(4)Except as may be agreed between the Secretary of State and the successor company—

(a)the aggregate of the principal sums payable under debentures issued in pursuance of this section shall be equal to the aggregate of the sums the liability to repay which is extinguished by the order; and

(b)the terms as to the payment of the principal sums so payable, and as to the payment of interest thereon, shall be the same as the corresponding terms of the transferred loans specified in the order.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (4) above any express or implied terms of a transferred loan shall be disregarded in so far as they relate to the early discharge of liabilities to make repayments of principal and payments of interest.

(6)Subsection (3) and subsections (5) to (7) of section 61 above shall apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that section.

(7)For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that the principal sums payable under debentures issued in pursuance of this section are to be regarded as money lent for the purposes of [F187section 400(9) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988] (write-off of government investment: restriction of tax losses).

(8)In this section “transferred loan” means any sum borrowed or treated as borrowed by British Telecommunications the liability to repay which vests in the successor company by virtue of section 60 above.]

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F186S. 62 repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003, (c. 21), ss. 398(2)(c), 406, 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18, Sch. 19 note 1); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in arts. 3-6) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

63 Government investment in securities of the successor company.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)

[F188[F189The Treasury or, with the consent of the Treasury, the Secretary of State may at any time], acquire—

(a)securities of the successor company or of any subsidiary of the successor company; or

(b)rights to subscribe for any such securities.]

(2)

[F188The Secretary of State may not dispose of any securities or rights acquired under this section without the consent of the Treasury.]

(3)

[F188Any expenses incurred by [F190the Treasury or] the Secretary of State in consequence of the provisions of this section shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament.]

(4)

[F188Any dividends or other sums received by [F191the Treasury or] the Secretary of State in right of, or on the disposal of, any securities or rights acquired under this section shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.]

(5)F192. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Amendments (Textual)

F188S. 63(1)-(4) repealed (25.7.2003 for certain purposes and otherwise 29.12.2003) by Communications Act 2003, (c. 21), ss. 398(2)(d), 406, 411(2)(3), {Sch. 19} (with transitional provisions in Sch. 18, Sch. 19 notes 1, 2); S.I. 2003/1900, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with transitional provisions in arts. 3-6) (with art. 3(2) (as amended (8.12.2003) by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))); S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3(3), 11)

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