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Communications Act 2003

Section 403: Regulations and orders made by OFCOM

874.This section sets out how OFCOM are to exercise their powers to make orders or regulations under the provisions in the Act and provisions inserted in other Acts which apply this section, and makes additional provision in respect of these powers. The orders and regulations concerned must be made by statutory instrument; and where the provision in the Act and provisions inserted in other Acts under which the instrument is made provides for it to be laid before Parliament, OFCOM must send it to the Secretary of State for that to be done. Subsections (4) to (6) provide that OFCOM must give notice before making orders or regulations to which this section applies and must allow a period of at least one month for representations to be made on any proposal by them to make such orders or regulations. The procedural requirements in this section implement Articles 14(1) and 33 of the Universal Service Directive and Article 6 of the Framework Directive.

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