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Communications Act 2003

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347Statement of charging principles
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(1)OFCOM are not to fix a tariff under section 4(3) or 87(3) of the 1990 Act or under section 4(3) or 43(3) of the 1996 Act (tariffs for fees payable under Broadcasting Act licences for recovering OFCOM’s costs) unless—

(a)at the time they do so, there is in force a statement of the principles that OFCOM are proposing to apply in fixing that tariff; and

(b)the tariff is fixed in accordance with those principles.

(2)Those principles must be such as appear to OFCOM to be likely to secure, on the basis of such estimates of the likely costs that it is practicable for them to make—

(a)that the aggregate amount of the Broadcasting Act licence fees that are required to be paid to OFCOM during a financial year is sufficient to enable them to meet, but does not exceed, the cost to them of the carrying out during that year of their functions relating to the regulation of broadcasting;

(b)that the requirement imposed by virtue of paragraph (a) is satisfied by the application to such fees of tariffs that are justifiable and proportionate to the matters in respect of which they are imposed; and

(c)that the relationship between meeting the cost of carrying out those functions and the tariffs applied to such fees is transparent.

(3)Before making or revising a statement of principles OFCOM must consult such of the persons who, in OFCOM’s opinion, are likely to be affected by those principles as they think fit.

(4)The making or revision of a statement of principles for the purposes of this section has to be by the publication of the statement, or revised statement, in such manner as OFCOM consider appropriate for bringing it to the attention of the persons who, in their opinion, are likely to be affected by it.

(5)As soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each financial year, OFCOM must publish a statement setting out, for that year—

(a)the aggregate amount received by them during that year in respect of Broadcasting Act licence fees required to be paid during that year;

(b)the aggregate amount outstanding and likely to be paid or recovered in respect of Broadcasting Act licence fees that are required to be so paid; and

(c)the cost to OFCOM of the carrying out during that year of their functions relating to the regulation of broadcasting.

(6)Any deficit or surplus shown (after applying this subsection for all previous years) by a statement under subsection (5) shall be—

(a)carried forward; and

(b)taken into account in determining what is required to satisfy the requirement imposed by virtue of subsection (2)(a) in relation to the following year.

(7)References in this section to OFCOM’s functions relating to the regulation of broadcasting do not include references to any of their functions in relation to the BBC or the Welsh Authority.

(8)In this section—

  • “Broadcasting Act licence fee” means a fee required to be paid to OFCOM in pursuance of conditions included in a Broadcasting Act licence under any of the following provisions—

    (a)

    section 4(1)(b) or 87(1)(c) of the 1990 Act; or

    (b)

    section 4(1)(b) or 43(1)(c) of the 1996 Act;

  • “financial year” means a period of twelve months ending with 31st March.

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