171Information requirements in relation to wireless telegraphy licencesE+W+S+N.I.
(1)In Part 3 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (c. 54) (supplemental provisions), before section 14 there shall be inserted—
(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, OFCOM may require a person who is using or has established, installed or used a station or apparatus for wireless telegraphy to provide OFCOM with all such information relating to—
(a)the establishment, installation or use of the station or apparatus, and
(b)any related matters,
as OFCOM may require for statistical purposes.
(2)OFCOM are not to require the provision of information under this section except—
(a)by a demand for the information that sets out OFCOM’s reasons for requiring the information and the statistical purposes for which it is required; and
(b)where the making of a demand for that information is proportionate to the use to which the information is to be put in the carrying out of OFCOM’s functions.
(3)A demand for information required under this section must be contained in the notice served on the person from whom the information is required.
(4)A person required to provide information under this section must provide it in such manner and within such reasonable period as may be specified by OFCOM.
(5)A person who fails to provide information in accordance with a requirement of OFCOM under this section is guilty of an offence.
(6)In proceedings against a person for an offence under subsection (1) it shall be a defence for that person to show—
(a)that it was not reasonably practicable for him to comply with the requirement within the period specified by OFCOM; but
(b)that he has taken all reasonable steps to provide the required information after the end of that period.
(7)A person is guilty of an offence if—
(a)in pursuance of any requirement under this section, he provides information that is false in any material particular; and
(b)at the time he provides it, he either knows it to be false or is reckless as to whether or not it is false.
13BStatement of policy on information gathering
(1)It shall be the duty of OFCOM to prepare and publish a statement of their general policy with respect to—
(a)the exercise of their powers under section 13A; and
(b)the uses to which they are proposing to put information obtained under that section.
(2)OFCOM may from time to time revise that statement as they think fit.
(3)Where OFCOM make or revise their statement of policy under this section, they must publish that statement or (as the case may be) the revised statement in such manner as they consider appropriate for bringing it to the attention of the persons who, in their opinion, are likely to be affected by it.
(4)It shall be the duty of OFCOM, in exercising the powers conferred on them by section 13A, to have regard to the statement for the time being in force under this section.”
(2)In section 14(1A) of that Act (summary offences carrying a maximum fine of level 3 on the standard scale), before paragraph (f) there shall be inserted—
“(ea)any offence under section 13A(1) of this Act; or”.