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Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006

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Part 1Transitional provisions and savings

General provisions

1The substitution of provisions of this Act for provisions repealed or revoked by it does not affect the continuity of the law.

2Anything done, or having effect as if done, under or for the purposes of a provision repealed by this Act (including subordinate legislation so made or having effect as if so made), and in force or effective immediately before the commencement of this Act, has effect after that commencement as if done under or for the purposes of the corresponding provision of this Act.

3A reference (express or implied) in this Act or another enactment, or in an instrument or document, to a provision of this Act is (so far as the context permits) to be read as (according to the context) being or including a reference to the corresponding provision repealed by this Act, in relation to times, circumstances or purposes in relation to which the repealed provision had effect.

4(1)A reference (express or implied) in an enactment, or in an instrument or document, to a provision repealed by this Act is (so far as the context permits) to be read as (according to the context) being or including a reference to the corresponding provision of this Act, in relation to times, circumstances and purposes in relation to which that corresponding provision has effect.

(2)In particular, where a power conferred by an Act is expressed to be exercisable in relation to enactments contained in Acts passed before or in the same Session as the Act conferring the power, the power is also exercisable in relation to provisions of this Act that reproduce such enactments.

5Paragraphs 1 to 4 have effect in place of section 17(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30) (but do not affect the application of any other provision of that Act).

6Paragraphs 2 and 4(1) do not apply to an Order in Council to which paragraph 24(1) applies.

General rule for old savings

7(1)The repeal by this Act of an enactment previously repealed subject to savings does not affect the continued operation of those savings.

(2)The repeal by this Act of a saving on the previous repeal of an enactment does not affect the saving in so far as it remains capable of having effect.

Use of existing forms etc

8A reference to an enactment repealed by this Act which is contained in a document made, served or issued on or after the commencement of that repeal is to be read, except so far as a contrary intention appears, as referring or, as the context may require, including a reference to the corresponding provision of this Act.

Regulatory Reform Act 2001 (c. 6)

9(1)This paragraph has effect during the period of two years beginning with the day on which this Act is passed for the purposes of the making of an order under section 1 of the 2001 Act in relation to a provision of this Act that reproduces a provision repealed or revoked by this Act.

(2)The law contained in such a provision of this Act is legislation for the purposes of section 1 of the 2001 Act if, at the time the order is made, the corresponding repealed or revoked provision would have been legislation for those purposes had it not been repealed or revoked.

(3)No order under section 1 of the 2001 Act may be made, in relation to a provision of this Act, if the corresponding repealed provision was amended otherwise than merely for consequential or incidental purposes—

(a)by an Act passed not more than two years before the day on which the order is made, or

(b)by subordinate legislation made not more than two years before that day.

(4)Sub-paragraph (3) does not prevent an order under section 1 of the 2001 Act re-enacting without substantive amendment the provision of this Act that reproduces the repealed provision which was so amended.

(5)Sub-paragraph (3) does not affect the operation of section 1(4) of the 2001 Act in relation to any amendment made to this Act.

(6)The 2001 Act is the Regulatory Reform Act 2001.

Contracted-out functions under section 1 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949

10An order under Part 2 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 (c. 40) which is in force immediately before the commencement of this Act and, by virtue of paragraph 6 of Schedule 18 to the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), has effect as if made by virtue of section 1(7) of that Act shall, so long as the order remains in force, continue to have that effect by virtue of this paragraph.

Wireless telegraphy licences granted before 18th June 1998

11(1)This paragraph has effect in relation to wireless telegraphy licences granted before 18th June 1998 (the date on which section 1 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998 (c. 6) came into force).

(2)Where this paragraph has effect, section 12 is the provision of this Act which, for the purposes of paragraph 4(1) of this Schedule, corresponds to section 2(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (c. 54).

Procedures treated as prescribed by regulations made by OFCOM

12(1)Sub-paragraph (2) applies where, immediately before the commencement of this Act, procedures have effect, by virtue of paragraph 20(2) or 21(2) of Schedule 18 to the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), as if prescribed by OFCOM by regulations under—

(a)section 1D(3) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, or

(b)section 3 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998.

(2)In relation to times after the commencement of this Act, the procedures are to have effect as if prescribed by OFCOM by regulations under—

(a)paragraph 1 of Schedule 1, or

(b)section 14.

(3)A notice under—

(a)section 1D of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, or

(b)regulations under section 3 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998,

which is in force immediately before the commencement of this Act and, by virtue of paragraph 20 or 21 of Schedule 18, has effect as if it authorised or required a thing to be done by or in relation to OFCOM shall, so long as it remains in force, continue to have that effect by virtue of this paragraph.

Tribunal established under section 9 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949

13The repeal by this Act of sections 11 and 12 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 does not affect the continued operation of section 11 or 12 (without the amendments made in those sections by section 178 of the Communications Act 2003) in relation to a notice under section 11(1) or (2) or section 12(1) that is served before 25th July 2003.

References to Postmaster General etc

14The repeal by this Act of part of section 3(1)(ii) of the Post Office Act 1969 (c. 48) is not to affect the continued operation of section 3(1)(ii) in relation to a provision of regulations or a licence where the regulations were made or the licence was granted under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 before 1st October 1969 (the day on which functions of the Postmaster General were transferred to the Minister).

Procedure for prosecutions

15(1)This paragraph has effect in relation to prosecutions to which section 41 of this Act applies.

(2)The restrictions on the bringing of proceedings which are imposed by section 41(2) and (3) do not have effect in relation to proceedings started before 25th July 2003 (the date on which section 174 of the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21) came into force).

Penalties for certain offences triable either way

16In relation to an offence committed before the commencement of section 282(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), the references in the following provisions to periods of imprisonment of 12 months are to be read as references to periods of imprisonment of six months—

(a)section 35(2);

(b)section 36(2);

(c)section 37(2);

(d)section 38(6);

(e)section 47(4);

(f)section 68(3);

(g)section 93(1).

Penalties for offences: unauthorised use of wireless telegraphy station etc

17In relation to an offence committed before 18th September 2003 (the date on which section 179 of the Communications Act 2003 came into force), each of sections 35(5) and 36(5) is to have effect as if for the words from “is liable” to the end there were substituted is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.

18In relation to an offence committed on or after 18th September 2003 but before the commencement of section 281(5) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the references in the following provisions to periods of imprisonment of 51 weeks are to be read as references to periods of imprisonment of six months—

(a)section 35(5);

(b)section 36(5).

Penalties for offences: contravening notice under section 55 or 56

19In relation to an offence committed before the commencement of section 280 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, section 58(2) has effect as if in paragraph (a) for the words “to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale” there were substituted “to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to both”.

Fixed penalties for wireless telegraphy offences

20Schedule 4 to this Act does not apply to offences committed before the day which is the relevant commencement date for the purposes of paragraph 27 of this Schedule.

Powers of seizure

21In relation to an offence committed before 18th September 2003 (the date on which section 179 of the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21) came into force), section 99(1) of this Act has effect with the omission of paragraph (c).

Forfeiture etc of restricted apparatus

22Nothing in section 104 of, and Schedule 6 to, this Act applies in relation to apparatus seized before 29th December 2003 (the date on which section 182 of the Communications Act 2003 came into force).

Appeals of wireless telegraphy decisions

23The repeals made by this Act do not affect the continued operation of paragraph 23(2) of Schedule 18 to the Communications Act 2003 as regards decisions against which an appeal could have been brought under section 1F of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (c. 54).

Orders in Council: section 118

24(1)An Order in Council made under a provision that is repealed by this Act and re-enacted in section 118(3) continues to have effect despite the repeal of that provision.

(2)An Order in Council made under section 118(3) may amend or revoke an Order in Council continued in effect by sub-paragraph (1).

Orders in Council: continental shelf

25(1)This paragraph applies in the case of an Order in Council which, as a result of paragraph 63 of Schedule 18 to the Communications Act 2003 (provision relating to Orders in Council under section 6 of the Continental Shelf Act 1964 (c. 29)), has effect, immediately before the commencement of this Act, as if made under section 410 of the Communications Act 2003.

(2)An Order in Council to which this paragraph applies is to have effect, after the commencement of this Act, as an Order in Council made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 120.

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