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Communications Act 2003

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318Review of powers exercised for competition purposes
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(1)It shall be the duty of OFCOM, at such intervals as they consider appropriate, to carry out a review of so much of each of the following as has effect for a competition purpose—

(a)every code made or approved by them under or for the purposes of a broadcasting provision;

(b)the guidance issued by them under or for the purposes of broadcasting provisions; and

(c)every direction given by them under or for the purposes of a broadcasting provision.

(2)Before modifying or revoking, or withdrawing their approval from, anything which is subject to periodic review under this section, OFCOM must consult such persons as they consider appropriate.

(3)Subsection (2) applies irrespective or whether the modification, revocation or withdrawal is in consequence of a review under this section.

(4)For the purposes of this section a provision has effect for a competition purpose to the extent that its only or main purpose is to secure that the holder of a Broadcasting Act licence does not—

(a)enter into or maintain arrangements, or

(b)engage in a practice,

which OFCOM consider, or would consider, to be prejudicial to fair and effective competition in the provision of licensed services or of connected services.

(5)In this section “broadcasting provision” means—

(a)a provision of this Part of this Act, of the 1990 Act or of the 1996 Act, or

(b)any provision of a Broadcasting Act licence,

other than provision contained in any of sections 290 to 294 of this Act or Schedule 11 to this Act.

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