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Communications Act 2003

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Statements of programme policy

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4(1)It shall be the duty of the Welsh Authority—

(a)as soon as practicable after the coming into force of this paragraph, and subsequently at annual intervals, to prepare a statement of programme policy; and

(b)to monitor their own performance in the carrying out of the proposals contained in statements made under this paragraph.

(2)Every statement of programme policy prepared under this paragraph must set out the Welsh Authority’s proposals for securing that, during the following year—

(a)the public service remit for each of their public television services to be provided during that year will be fulfilled; and

(b)the Welsh Authority’s duties under the provisions of this Schedule will be performed.

(3)Every such statement must contain a report on the performance of the Welsh Authority in the carrying out during the period since the previous statement of the proposals contained in that previous statement.

(4)When preparing such a statement, the Welsh Authority must consider—

(a)any guidance by OFCOM that is in force for the purposes of section 266; and

(b)any reports previously published by OFCOM under section 264 or 358.

(5)Every such statement must be published by the Welsh Authority as soon as practicable after its preparation is complete.

(6)OFCOM may direct that any statement of policy which—

(a)was made by the Welsh Authority before the coming into force of this paragraph, and

(b)is specified in the direction,

is to be treated for the purposes of this Act as if it were a statement made in relation to such period as may be so specified in pursuance of this paragraph.

(7)A direction under sub-paragraph (6) cannot contain provision the effect of which is to postpone the time at which the Welsh Authority would otherwise be required to make its first statement of programme policy.

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