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Communications Act 2003

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122Orders by OFCOM in the absence of a code under s. 121
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(1)OFCOM may make an order under this section if, at any time, they consider that there is no code in force to which they think it would be appropriate to give, or to continue to give, their approval under section 121.

(2)An order under this section may make such of the following provisions as OFCOM think fit—

(a)provision imposing requirements with respect to the provision and contents of premium rate services, and with respect to the facilities made available in the provision of such services (including provision about pricing);

(b)provision imposing requirements with respect to the arrangements made by the providers of premium rate services for the promotion and marketing of those services;

(c)provision for the enforcement of requirements imposed by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b);

(d)provision making other arrangements for the purposes of those requirements.

(3)The power to make provision by an order under this section includes, in particular—

(a)power to establish a body corporate with the capacity to make its own rules and to establish its own procedures;

(b)power to determine the jurisdiction of a body established by such an order or, for the purposes of the order, of any other person;

(c)power to confer jurisdiction with respect to any matter on OFCOM themselves;

(d)power to provide for a person on whom jurisdiction is conferred by the arrangements to make awards of compensation, to direct the reimbursement of costs or expenses, or to do both;

(e)power to provide for such a person to enforce, or to participate in the enforcement of, any awards or directions made under such an order;

(f)power to make provision falling within section 121(5)(c) for the enforcement of the provisions of the order; and

(g)power to make such other provision as OFCOM think fit for the enforcement of such awards and directions.

(4)An order under this section may require such providers of premium rate services as may be determined by or under the order to make payments to OFCOM in respect of expenditure incurred by OFCOM in connection with—

(a)the establishment and maintenance, in accordance with such an order, of any body corporate or procedure; or

(b)the making of other arrangements for the purposes of the requirements of such an order.

(5)An order under this section is not to impose an obligation as respects a premium rate service on a person who is a provider of the service by virtue only of section 120(12) (“the relevant provider”) unless the obligation—

(a)arises only if there is no one who is a provider of the service otherwise than by virtue of section 120(12) against whom it is practicable to take action;

(b)arises only after a notice identifying the service and setting out respects in which requirements of the order have been contravened in relation to it has been given to the relevant provider by OFCOM; and

(c)is confined to an obligation to secure that electronic communications networks provided by the relevant provider are not used for making the service available to persons who are in the United Kingdom.

(6)The consent of the Secretary of State is required for the making by OFCOM of an order under this section.

(7)Section 403 applies to the power of OFCOM to make an order under this section.

(8)A statutory instrument containing an order made by OFCOM under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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