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Communications Act 2003

Section 141: Suspending apparatus supply for information contraventions

330.This section gives OFCOM a power to suspend or restrict a person from supplying electronic communications apparatus where OFCOM are satisfied that that the person is in serious and repeated breach of any requirement of OFCOM to provide information for the purpose of section 135, and that an attempt, by the imposition of penalties under section 139 or the bringing of proceedings for an offence under section 144, to secure compliance has failed. The suspension or restriction must be appropriate and proportionate to the seriousness of the repeated contraventions.

331.A direction by OFCOM under this section may require a person to cease supplying electronic communications apparatus generally or in relation to particular electronic communications apparatus. The direction may take effect indefinitely or for a fixed period. A direction may also include, where appropriate, conditions to protect the customers of a supplier, including the payment of compensation. When OFCOM exercise these powers, they must allow the person in question to make representations to them and, if appropriate, OFCOM may revoke the suspension or restriction.

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