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Communications Act 2003

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397Purchase of Duchy of Lancaster land

(1)The Chancellor and Council of the Duchy of Lancaster may, if they think fit, agree with a person who provides a public electronic communications network for the sale, and absolutely make sale, for such sum of money as appears to them sufficient consideration for the same, of any land which—

(a)belongs to Her Majesty in right of the Duchy of Lancaster; and

(b)is land which that person seeks to acquire for, or in connection with, the provision of his network.

(2)In this section “public electronic communications network” has the same meaning as in Chapter 1 of Part 2.

398Repeal of certain provisions of the Telecommunications Act 1984

(1)The Telecommunications Act 1984 (c. 12) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In Part 5 (transfer of undertakings of British Telecommunications), the following provisions (which include spent provisions) shall cease to have effect—

(a)section 60;

(b)section 61(1) to (6);

(c)section 62;

(d)section 63(1) to (4);

(e)sections 64 to 67;

(f)section 69 to 71;

(g)sections 72(2), (4) and (5); and

(h)section 73.

(3)In section 68(2) (liability of Secretary of State on winding up), after “any outstanding liability of the successor company” there shall be inserted “for the payment of pensions”.

(4)In Part 7 (miscellaneous and supplemental) the following provisions shall cease to have effect—

(a)section 93 (grants to promote interests of disabled persons); and

(b)section 97 (contributions by local authorities towards the provision of telecommunications facilities).

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