74 Applications for local delivery licences.E+W+S+N.I.
(1)Where the Commission propose to grant a licence to provide a local delivery service they shall publish, in such manner as they consider appropriate, a notice—
(a)stating that they propose to grant such a licence;
(i)the area in the United Kingdom for which the service is to be provided, and
(ii)any frequencies that would be available for it to be provided by wireless telegraphy should it be desired so to provide it;
(c)inviting applications for the licence and specifying the closing date for such applications; and
(i)the fee payable on any application made in pursuance of the notice, and
(ii)the percentage of qualifying revenue for each accounting period that would be payable by an applicant in pursuance of section 77(1)(c) if he were granted the licence.
(2)The Commission may, if they think fit, specify under subsection (1)(d)(ii)—
(a)different percentages in relation to different accounting periods falling within the period for which the licence would be in force;
(b)a nil percentage in relation to any accounting period so falling.
(3)Any application made in pursuance of a notice under this section must be in writing and accompanied by—
(a)the fee specified in the notice under subsection (1)(d)(i);
(b)a technical plan relating to the service which the applicant proposes to provide and indicating—
(i)the parts of the area specified under subsection (1)(b)(i) which would be covered by that service,
(ii)the timetable in accordance with which that coverage would be achieved,
(iii)the technical means by which it would be achieved, and
(iv)the extent (if any) to which he proposes that the provision of the service should be undertaken by some other person in accordance with section 73(5);
(c)the applicant’s cash bid in respect of the licence;
(d)such information as the Commission may reasonably require as to the applicant’s present financial position and his projected financial position during the period for which the licence would be in force; and
(e)such other information as the Commission may reasonably require for the purpose of considering the application.
(4)At any time after receiving such an application and before determining it the Commission may require the applicant to furnish additional information under subsection (3)(b), (d) or (e).
(5)Any information to be furnished to the Commission under this section shall, if they so require, be in such form or verified in such manner as they may specify.
(6)The Commission shall, as soon as reasonably practicable after the date specified in a notice under this section as the closing date for applications, publish in such manner as they consider appropriate—
(a)the name of every person who has made an application to them in pursuance of the notice;
(b)particulars of the technical plan submitted by him under subsection (3)(b); and
(c)such other information connected with his application as the Commission consider appropriate.
(7)In this Part—
(a)“cash bid”, in relation to a local delivery licence, means an offer to pay to the Commission a specified amount of money in respect of the first complete calendar year falling within the period for which the licence is in force (being an amount which, as increased by the appropriate percentage, is also to be payable in respect of subsequent years falling wholly or partly within that period); and
(b)“the appropriate percentage”, in relation to any year, has the meaning given by section 19(10).