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Communications Act 2003

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109Restrictions and conditions subject to which code applies
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(1)Where the electronic communications code is applied in any person’s case by a direction given by OFCOM, that code is to have effect in that person’s case subject to such restrictions and conditions as may be contained in regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(2)In exercising his power to make regulations under this section it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to have regard to each of the following—

(a)the duties imposed on OFCOM by sections 3 and 4;

(b)the need to protect the environment and, in particular, to conserve the natural beauty and amenity of the countryside;

(c)the need to ensure that highways are not damaged or obstructed, and traffic not interfered with, to any greater extent than is reasonably necessary;

(d)the need to encourage the sharing of the use of electronic communications apparatus;

(e)the need to secure that a person in whose case the code is applied will be able to meet liabilities arising as a consequence of—

(i)the application of the code in his case; and

(ii)any conduct of his in relation to the matters with which the code deals.

(3)The power of the Secretary of State to provide by regulations for the restrictions and conditions subject to which the electronic communications code has effect includes power to provide for restrictions and conditions which are framed by reference to any one or more of the following—

(a)the making of a determination in accordance with the regulations by a person specified in the regulations;

(b)the giving of an approval or consent by a person so specified; or

(c)the opinion of any person.

(4)Before making any regulations under this section, the Secretary of State must consult—

(a)OFCOM; and

(b)such other persons as he considers appropriate.

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