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Communications Act 2003

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Competition tests applying to OFCOM’s decisions

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6(1)OFCOM must not—

(a)approve arrangements or modifications,

(b)impose arrangements or modify imposed arrangements, or

(c)propose modifications following a review under section 293,

unless they are satisfied that the arrangements, or the arrangements as proposed to be modified, satisfy the first or second competition test.

(2)Before making a decision about whether a competition test is satisfied OFCOM must consult the Office of Fair Trading.

(3)Arrangements satisfy the first competition test if they do not have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the United Kingdom.

(4)Arrangements satisfy the second competition test if—

(a)they do have such an object or effect; but

(b)they would satisfy the criteria set out in section 9 of the Competition Act 1998 (c. 41) (agreements contributing to improving the production or distribution of goods or to promoting technical or economic progress).

(5)For the purposes of the second competition test, arrangements imposed by OFCOM and modifications of such arrangements are to be treated as if they were given effect to by an agreement between undertakings.

(6)In determining whether arrangements or modified arrangements would satisfy either of the competition tests, OFCOM must act with a view to securing that there is no inconsistency between—

(a)the principles they apply and the decision they reach; and

(b)any principles or decisions referred to in sub-paragraph (7).

(7)Those principles and decisions are—

(a)the principles laid down by the Treaty establishing the European Community and the European Court, and any decisions of that Court, that are relevant to the construction of Article 81 of that Treaty; and

(b)any decisions under Part 1 of the Competition Act 1998, and any decisions of a court in the United Kingdom, that are relevant to the construction of a provision of that Act that is equivalent to the provisions of this Schedule imposing the competition tests.

(8)In the case of a conditional approval, the requirements of this paragraph have to be satisfied in relation to the arrangements or modified arrangements as they will be after giving effect to the changes proposed by OFCOM.

(9)In this paragraph, the “European Court” includes a court attached to the European Court.

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