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139Penalties for contravention of information requirementsE+W+S+N.I.
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[F1(1)This section applies where a person is given a notification under section 138 which specifies a proposed penalty.]

(2)OFCOM may [F2specify a penalty] if—

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(c)no proceedings for an offence under section 144 have been brought against the notified person in respect of the contravention.

(3)Where a notification under section 138 relates to more than one contravention, a separate penalty may be [F4specified] in respect of each contravention.

(4)Where such a notification relates to a continuing contravention, no more than one penalty may be [F5specified] in respect of the period of contravention specified in the notification.

[F6(4A)But, in relation to a continuing contravention, a penalty may be specified in respect of each day on which the contravention continues after—

(a)the giving of a confirmation decision under section 139A(4)(c) which requires immediate action; or

(b)the expiry of any period specified in the confirmation decision for complying with a requirement so specified.

(4B)The amount of a penalty under subsection (4A) is to be such amount not exceeding £500 per day as OFCOM determine to be—

(a)appropriate; and

(b)proportionate to the contravention in respect of which it is imposed.]

(5)The amount of [F7any other penalty notified] under this section is to be such amount not exceeding [F8£2,000,000] as OFCOM determine to be both—

(a)appropriate; and

(b)proportionate to the contravention in respect of which it is imposed.

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(9)The Secretary of State may by order amend this section so as to substitute a different maximum penalty for the maximum penalty for the time being specified in subsection (5).

(10)No order is to be made containing provision authorised by subsection (9) unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Ss. 138-139A applied (with modifications) (31.7.2016) by The Communications (Access to Infrastructure) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016/700), regs. 1, 17(6), (7)

Commencement Information

I1S. 139 in force at 25.7.2003 for specified purposes by S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3) (as amended by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))

I2S. 139 in force at 29.12.2003 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(2) (with art. 11)

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