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Communications Act 2003

Section 9: Secretary of State’s powers in relation to promptness standards

41.Where the Secretary of State considers that the promptness standards set by OFCOM under section 8 are not satisfactory, she may notify OFCOM. If OFCOM fail to amend the promptness standards to her satisfaction, the Secretary of State may give a direction requiring OFCOM to issue or revise their promptness standards in accordance with its terms. Before issuing a direction, the Secretary of State must give OFCOM an opportunity to comment on her proposal. The Secretary of State cannot use her powers under this section until 12 months have elapsed after the commencement of section 8.

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