Search Legislation

Communications Act 2003


This is the original version (as it was originally enacted).

  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part 1 Functions of OFCOM

    1. Transferred and assigned functions

      1. 1.Functions and general powers of OFCOM

      2. 2.Transfer of functions of pre-commencement regulators

    2. General duties in carrying out functions

      1. 3.General duties of OFCOM

      2. 4.Duties for the purpose of fulfilling Community obligations

      3. 5.Directions in respect of networks and spectrum functions

      4. 6.Duties to review regulatory burdens

      5. 7.Duty to carry out impact assessments

      6. 8.Duty to publish and meet promptness standards

      7. 9.Secretary of State’s powers in relation to promptness standards

    3. Accessible domestic communications apparatus

      1. 10.Duty to encourage availability of easily usable apparatus

    4. Media literacy

      1. 11.Duty to promote media literacy

    5. OFCOM’s Content Board

      1. 12.Duty to establish and maintain Content Board

      2. 13.Functions of the Content Board

    6. Functions for the protection of consumers

      1. 14.Consumer research

      2. 15.Duty to publish and take account of research

      3. 16.Consumer consultation

      4. 17.Membership etc. of the Consumer Panel

      5. 18.Committees and other procedure of the Consumer Panel

      6. 19.Power to amend remit of Consumer Panel

    7. Advisory committees

      1. 20.Advisory committees for different parts of the United Kingdom

      2. 21.Advisory committee on elderly and disabled persons

    8. International matters

      1. 22.Representation on international and other bodies

      2. 23.Directions for international purposes in respect of broadcasting functions

    9. General information functions

      1. 24.Provision of information to the Secretary of State

      2. 25.Community requirement to provide information

      3. 26.Publication of information and advice for consumers etc.

    10. Employment in broadcasting

      1. 27.Training and equality of opportunity

    11. Charging

      1. 28.General power to charge for services

    12. Guarantees

      1. 29.Secretary of State guarantees for OFCOM borrowing

    13. Provisions supplemental to transfer of functions

      1. 30.Transfers of property etc. from pre-commencement regulators

      2. 31.Transitional functions and abolition of pre-commencement regulators

  3. Part 2 Networks, services and the radio spectrum

    1. Chapter 1 Electronic communications networks and services

      1. Preliminary

        1. 32.Meaning of electronic communications networks and services

      2. Notification by providers

        1. 33.Advance notification to OFCOM

        2. 34.Designations and requirements for the purposes of s. 33

        3. 35.Notification of contraventions of s. 33

        4. 36.Enforcement notification for contravention of s. 33

        5. 37.Penalties for contravention of s. 33

      3. Administrative charges imposed on providers

        1. 38.Fixing of charges

        2. 39.Supplemental provision about fixing charges

        3. 40.Notification of non-payment of charges

        4. 41.Penalties for non-payment of charges

        5. 42.Suspending service provision for non-payment

        6. 43.Enforcement of directions under s. 42

      4. Register of providers required to notify or to pay charges

        1. 44.Duty of OFCOM to keep publicly accessible register

      5. Conditions of entitlement to provide network or service etc.

        1. 45.Power of OFCOM to set conditions

        2. 46.Persons to whom conditions may apply

        3. 47.Test for setting or modifying conditions

        4. 48.Procedure for setting, modifying and revoking conditions

        5. 49.Directions and approvals for the purposes of a s. 45 condition

        6. 50.Delivery of copies of notifications etc.

      6. General conditions: subject-matter

        1. 51.Matters to which general conditions may relate

      7. General conditions: customer interests

        1. 52.Conditions relating to customer interests

        2. 53.Approval of codes of practice for the purposes of s. 52

        3. 54.Approval of dispute procedures for the purposes of s. 52

        4. 55.Orders by OFCOM in the absence of conditions under s. 52

      8. General conditions: telephone numbers

        1. 56.The National Telephone Numbering Plan

        2. 57.Conditions to secure access to telephone numbers

        3. 58.Conditions about allocation and adoption of numbers

        4. 59.Telephone numbering conditions binding non-providers

        5. 60.Modification of documents referred to in numbering conditions

        6. 61.Withdrawal of telephone number allocations

        7. 62.Numbering reorganisations

        8. 63.General duty as to telephone numbering functions

      9. General conditions: must-carry obligations

        1. 64.Must-carry obligations

      10. Universal service conditions

        1. 65.Obligations to be secured by universal service conditions

        2. 66.Designation of universal service providers

        3. 67.Subject-matter of universal service conditions

        4. 68.Tariffs etc. for universal services

        5. 69.Directories and directory enquiry facilities

        6. 70.Review of compliance costs

        7. 71.Sharing of burden of universal service obligations

        8. 72.Report on sharing mechanism

      11. Access-related conditions

        1. 73.Permitted subject-matter of access-related conditions

        2. 74.Specific types of access-related conditions

        3. 75.Conditional access systems and access to digital services

        4. 76.Modification and revocation of conditions imposed under s. 75

      12. Privileged supplier conditions

        1. 77.Imposition of privileged supplier conditions

      13. SMP conditions: procedure

        1. 78.Circumstances required for the setting of SMP conditions

        2. 79.Market power determinations

        3. 80.Proposals for identifying markets and for market power determinations

        4. 81.Delivery of copies of notifications under ss. 79 and 80

        5. 82.European Commission’s powers in respect of proposals

        6. 83.Special rules for transnational markets

        7. 84.Review of services market identifications and determinations

        8. 85.Review of apparatus market identifications and determinations

        9. 86.Cases where review required

      14. SMP services conditions: subject-matter

        1. 87.Conditions about network access etc.

        2. 88.Conditions about network access pricing etc.

        3. 89.Conditions about network access in exceptional cases

        4. 90.Conditions about carrier selection and pre-selection

        5. 91.Conditions about regulation of services etc. for end-users

        6. 92.Conditions about leased lines

      15. SMP apparatus conditions: subject-matter

        1. 93.Conditions about apparatus supply

      16. Enforcement of conditions

        1. 94.Notification of contravention of conditions

        2. 95.Enforcement notification for contravention of conditions

        3. 96.Penalties for contravention of conditions

        4. 97.Amount of penalty under s. 96

        5. 98.Power to deal with urgent cases

        6. 99.Confirmation of directions under s. 98

        7. 100.Suspending service provision for contraventions of conditions

        8. 101.Suspending apparatus supply for contraventions of conditions

        9. 102.Procedure for directions under ss. 100 and 101

        10. 103.Enforcement of directions under ss. 98, 100 and 101

        11. 104.Civil liability for breach of conditions or enforcement notification

      17. OFCOM’s duty to intervene on network access issues

        1. 105.Consideration and determination of network access questions

      18. Electronic communications code

        1. 106.Application of the electronic communications code

        2. 107.Procedure for directions applying code

        3. 108.Register of persons in whose case code applies

        4. 109.Restrictions and conditions subject to which code applies

        5. 110.Enforcement of restrictions and conditions

        6. 111.Enforcement notification for contravention of code restrictions

        7. 112.Penalties for contravention of code restrictions

        8. 113.Suspension of application of code

        9. 114.Procedure for directions under s. 113

        10. 115.Modification and revocation of application of code

        11. 116.Notification of cessation by person to whom code applies

        12. 117.Transitional schemes on cessation of application of code

        13. 118.Compulsory acquisition of land etc.

        14. 119.Power to give assistance in relation to certain proceedings

      19. Regulation of premium rate services

        1. 120.Conditions regulating premium rate services

        2. 121.Approval of code for premium rate services

        3. 122.Orders by OFCOM in the absence of a code under s. 121

        4. 123.Enforcement of s. 120 conditions

        5. 124.Suspending service provision for contraventions of s. 120 conditions

      20. Offences relating to networks and services

        1. 125.Dishonestly obtaining electronic communications services

        2. 126.Possession or supply of apparatus etc. for contravening s. 125

        3. 127.Improper use of public electronic communications network

      21. Persistent misuse of network or service

        1. 128.Notification of misuse of networks and services

        2. 129.Enforcement notifications for stopping persistent misuse

        3. 130.Penalties for persistent misuse

        4. 131.Statement of policy on persistent misuse

      22. Powers to deal with emergencies

        1. 132.Powers to require suspension or restriction of a provider’s entitlement

        2. 133.Enforcement of directions under s. 132

      23. Restrictions in leases and licences

        1. 134.Restrictions in leases and licences

      24. Information provisions

        1. 135.Information required for purposes of Chapter 1 functions

        2. 136.Information required for related purposes

        3. 137.Restrictions on imposing information requirements

        4. 138.Notification of contravention of information requirements

        5. 139.Penalties for contravention of information requirements

        6. 140.Suspending service provision for information contraventions

        7. 141.Suspending apparatus supply for information contraventions

        8. 142.Procedure for directions under ss. 140 and 141

        9. 143.Enforcement of directions under ss. 140 and 141

        10. 144.Offences in connection with information requirements

        11. 145.Statement of policy on information gathering

        12. 146.Provision of information by OFCOM

      25. Abolition of telecommunications licensing etc.

        1. 147.Repeal of provisions of Telecommunications Act 1984

      26. Local authority powers in relation to networks and services

        1. 148.Powers of local authorities in connection with networks

      27. Grants for networks and services in Northern Ireland

        1. 149.Grants by Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

        2. 150.Grants by district councils

      28. Interpretation of Chapter 1

        1. 151.Interpretation of Chapter 1

    2. Chapter 2 Spectrum use

      1. General functions relating to spectrum use

        1. 152.General functions of OFCOM in relation to radio spectrum

        2. 153.United Kingdom Plan for Frequency Authorisation

        3. 154.Duties of OFCOM when carrying out spectrum functions

        4. 155.Advisory service in relation to interference

        5. 156.Directions with respect to the radio spectrum

        6. 157.Procedure for directions under s. 156

      2. Reservation of spectrum for multiplex use

        1. 158.Special duty in relation to television multiplexes

      3. Recognised spectrum access

        1. 159.Grant of recognised spectrum access

        2. 160.Effect of grant of recognised spectrum access

        3. 161.Charges in respect of grants of recognised spectrum access

        4. 162.Conversion into and from wireless telegraphy licences

      4. Crown use of the radio spectrum

        1. 163.Payments for use of radio spectrum by the Crown

      5. Limitations and exemptions applied to spectrum use

        1. 164.Limitations on authorised spectrum use

        2. 165.Terms etc. of wireless telegraphy licences

        3. 166.Exemption from need for wireless telegraphy licence

      6. Award and transfer of licences

        1. 167.Bidding for wireless telegraphy licences

        2. 168.Spectrum trading

      7. Variation and revocation of licences

        1. 169.Variation and revocation of wireless telegraphy licences

      8. Wireless telegraphy register

        1. 170.Wireless telegraphy register

      9. Information requirements

        1. 171.Information requirements in relation to wireless telegraphy licences

      10. Criminal proceedings etc.

        1. 172.Contraventions of conditions for use of wireless telegraphy

        2. 173.Meaning of “repeated contravention” in s. 172

        3. 174.Procedure for prosecutions of wireless telegraphy offences

        4. 175.Special procedure for contraventions by multiplex licence holders

        5. 176.Amount of penalty under s. 175

        6. 177.“Relevant amount of gross revenue” for the purposes of s. 176

        7. 178.Proceedings for an offence relating to apparatus use

        8. 179.Modification of penalties for certain wireless telegraphy offences

        9. 180.Fixed penalties for certain wireless telegraphy offences

        10. 181.Power of arrest

        11. 182.Forfeiture etc. of restricted apparatus

      11. Construction of 1949 Act

        1. 183.Modification of definition of “undue interference”

        2. 184.Modification of definition of “wireless telegraphy”

    3. Chapter 3 Disputes and appeals

      1. Disputes

        1. 185.Reference of disputes to OFCOM

        2. 186.Action by OFCOM on dispute reference

        3. 187.Legal proceedings about referred disputes

        4. 188.Procedure for resolving disputes

        5. 189.Disputes involving other member States

        6. 190.Resolution of referred disputes

        7. 191.OFCOM’s power to require information in connection with dispute

      2. Appeals

        1. 192.Appeals against decisions by OFCOM, the Secretary of State etc.

        2. 193.Reference of price control matters to the Competition Commission

        3. 194.Composition of Competition Commission for price control references

        4. 195.Decisions of the Tribunal

        5. 196.Appeals from the Tribunal

      3. Interpretation of Chapter 3

        1. 197.Interpretation of Chapter 3

  4. Part 3 Television and Radio Services

    1. Chapter 1 The BBC, C4C the Welsh Authority and the Gaelic media service

      1. The BBC

        1. 198.Functions of OFCOM in relation to the BBC

      2. C4C

        1. 199.Functions of C4C

        2. 200.Removal of members of C4C

        3. 201.Deficits and surpluses of C4C

        4. 202.Borrowing limit for C4C

      3. The Welsh Authority

        1. 203.Function of OFCOM in relation to the Welsh Authority

        2. 204.Welsh Authority’s function of providing S4C and S4C Digital

        3. 205.Powers to provide other services

        4. 206.Other activities of Welsh Authority

        5. 207.Welsh Authority finances

      4. The Gaelic Media Service

        1. 208.The Gaelic Media Service

        2. 209.Membership of the Service

        3. 210.Supplementary provisions about the Service

    2. Chapter 2 Regulatory Structure for Independent Television Services

      1. Preliminary

        1. 211.Regulation of independent television services

        2. 212.Abolition of function of assigning television frequencies

        3. 213.Abolition of licensing for local cable systems

      2. Channels 3 and 5

        1. 214.Digital Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences

        2. 215.Replacement of existing Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences

        3. 216.Renewal of Channel 3 and 5 licences

        4. 217.Financial terms of licence renewed under s. 216

      3. The public teletext service

        1. 218.Duty to secure the provision of a public teletext service

        2. 219.Licensing of the public teletext service

        3. 220.Delegation of provision of public teletext service

        4. 221.Replacement of existing public teletext provider’s licence

        5. 222.Renewal of public teletext licence

        6. 223.Financial terms of licence renewed under s. 222

      4. Meaning of initial expiry date

        1. 224.Meaning of “initial expiry date”

      5. Reviews relating to licensing of Channels 3 & 5 and teletext

        1. 225.Application for review of financial terms of replacement licences

        2. 226.Application for review of financial terms in consequence of new obligations

        3. 227.Reviews under ss. 225 and 226

        4. 228.Giving effect to reviews under ss. 225 and 226

        5. 229.Report in anticipation of new licensing round

        6. 230.Orders suspending rights of renewal

      6. Replacement of Channel 4 licence

        1. 231.Replacement of Channel 4 licence

      7. Television licensable content services

        1. 232.Meaning of “television licensable content service”

        2. 233.Services that are not television licensable content services

        3. 234.Modification of ss. 232 and 233

        4. 235.Licensing of television licensable content services

        5. 236.Direction to licensee to take remedial action

        6. 237.Penalties for contravention of licence condition or direction

        7. 238.Revocation of television licensable content service licence

        8. 239.Action against licence holders who incite crime or disorder

        9. 240.Abolition of separate licences for certain television services

      8. Television multiplex services

        1. 241.Television multiplex services

        2. 242.Composition of services in television multiplexes

        3. 243.Powers where frequencies reserved for qualifying services

      9. Local digital television services

        1. 244.Local digital television services

    3. Chapter 3 Regulatory Structure for Independent Radio Services

      1. Preliminary

        1. 245.Regulation of independent radio services

        2. 246.Abolition of function of assigning radio frequencies

      2. Radio licensable content services

        1. 247.Meaning of “radio licensable content services”

        2. 248.Services that are not radio licensable content services

        3. 249.Modification of ss. 247 and 248

        4. 250.Licensing of radio licensable content services

        5. 251.Abolition of separate licences for certain sound services

      3. Licence periods etc.

        1. 252.Extension of licence periods

        2. 253.Extension and modification of existing licences

        3. 254.Renewal of local licences

        4. 255.Extension of special application procedure for local licences

      4. Provision of simulcast radio services

        1. 256.Definition of simulcast radio services

        2. 257.Promotion of simulcast radio services

      5. Multiplexes broadcasting sound programmes

        1. 258.Radio multiplex services

        2. 259.Composition of services in radio multiplexes

        3. 260.Digital sound services for inclusion in non-radio multiplexes

        4. 261.Renewal of radio multiplex licences

      6. Community radio

        1. 262.Community radio

    4. Chapter 4 Regulatory provisions

      1. Application of regulatory regimes

        1. 263.Application of regulatory regimes

      2. The public service remit for television

        1. 264.OFCOM reports on the fulfilment of the public service remit

        2. 265.Public service remits of licensed providers

        3. 266.Statements of programme policy

        4. 267.Changes of programme policy

        5. 268.Statements of service policy by the public teletext provider

        6. 269.Changes of service policy

        7. 270.Enforcement of public service remits

        8. 271.Power to amend public service remits

      3. Must-offer obligations etc. affecting public service television

        1. 272.Must-offer obligations in relation to networks

        2. 273.Must-offer obligations in relation to satellite services

        3. 274.Securing reception of must-provide services in certain areas

        4. 275.Must-provide services for the purposes of s. 274

        5. 276.Co-operation with the public teletext provider

      4. Programming quotas for public service television

        1. 277.Programming quotas for independent productions

        2. 278.Programming quotas for original productions

      5. News provision etc. on public service television

        1. 279.News and current affairs programmes

        2. 280.Appointed news providers for Channel 3

        3. 281.Disqualification from appointment as news provider

        4. 282.Power to repeal or modify Channel 3 news provider provisions

        5. 283.News providers for Channel 5

        6. 284.News provision on the public teletext service

      6. Independent and regional productions and programmes for public service television

        1. 285.Code relating to programme commissioning

        2. 286.Regional programme-making for Channels 3 and 5

        3. 287.Regional programmes on Channel 3

        4. 288.Regional programme-making for Channel 4

        5. 289.Regional matters in the public teletext service

      7. Networking arrangements for Channel 3

        1. 290.Proposals for arrangements

        2. 291.Obligation as to making and continuance of approved arrangements

        3. 292.OFCOM’s power to impose arrangements

        4. 293.Review of approved networking arrangements etc.

        5. 294.Supplemental provision about networking arrangements

      8. Special obligations for Channel 4

        1. 295.Involvement of C4 Corporation in programme-making

        2. 296.Schools programmes on Channel 4

        3. 297.Channel 4 contribution towards national television archive

      9. Special obligation for the public teletext provider

        1. 298.Conditions prohibiting interference with other services

      10. Sporting and other events of national interest

        1. 299.Categorisation of listed events

        2. 300.Effects of categorisation of listed events

        3. 301.Code relating to listed events

        4. 302.Regulations about coverage of listed events

      11. Television services for the deaf and visually impaired

        1. 303.Code relating to provision for the deaf and visually impaired

        2. 304.Procedure for issuing and revising code under s. 303

        3. 305.Meaning of “relevant date” in s. 303

        4. 306.Power to modify targets in s. 303

        5. 307.Observance of code under s. 303

        6. 308.Assistance for the visually impaired with the public teletext service

      12. Programming quotas for digital television programme services

        1. 309.Quotas for independent programmes

      13. Regulation of electronic programme guides

        1. 310.Code of practice for electronic programme guides

        2. 311.Conditions to comply with code under s. 310

      14. Character and coverage of radio services

        1. 312.Character and coverage of sound broadcasting services

        2. 313.Consultation about change of character of local services

        3. 314.Local content and character of local sound broadcasting services

        4. 315.Variations of radio multiplex licences affecting service characteristics

      15. Competition between licensed providers etc.

        1. 316.Conditions relating to competition matters

        2. 317.Exercise of Broadcasting Act powers for a competition purpose

        3. 318.Review of powers exercised for competition purposes

      16. Programme and fairness standards for television and radio

        1. 319.OFCOM’s standards code

        2. 320.Special impartiality requirements

        3. 321.Objectives for advertisements and sponsorship

        4. 322.Supplementary powers relating to advertising

        5. 323.Modification of matters to be taken into account under s. 319

        6. 324.Setting and publication of standards

        7. 325.Observance of standards code

        8. 326.Duty to observe fairness code

        9. 327.Standards with respect to fairness

        10. 328.Duty to publicise OFCOM’s functions in relation to complaints

      17. Power to proscribe unacceptable foreign television and radio services

        1. 329.Proscription orders

        2. 330.Effect of proscription order

        3. 331.Notification for enforcing proscription

        4. 332.Penalties for contravention of notification under s. 331

      18. Party political broadcasts on television and radio

        1. 333.Party political broadcasts

      19. Monitoring of programmes

        1. 334.Retention and production of recordings

      20. International obligations

        1. 335.Conditions securing compliance with international obligations

      21. Government requirements for licensed services

        1. 336.Government requirements for licensed services

      22. Equal opportunities and training

        1. 337.Promotion of equal opportunities and training

      23. Corresponding rules for the BBC and Welsh Authority

        1. 338.Corresponding rules for the BBC and the Welsh Authority

      24. Enforcement against the Welsh Authority

        1. 339.Review of fulfilment by Welsh Authority of public service remits

        2. 340.Directions to Welsh Authority to take remedial action

        3. 341.Imposition of penalties on the Welsh Authority

        4. 342.Contraventions recorded in Welsh Authority’s annual report

        5. 343.Provision of information by Welsh Authority

      25. Enforcement of licence conditions

        1. 344.Transmission of statement of findings

        2. 345.Financial penalties imposable on licence holders

        3. 346.Recovery of fees and penalties

      26. Broadcasting Act licence fees

        1. 347.Statement of charging principles

    5. Chapter 5 Media ownership and control

      1. Restrictions on licence holders

        1. 348.Modification of disqualification provisions

        2. 349.Licence holding by local authorities

        3. 350.Relaxation of licence-holding restrictions

      2. Changes of control

        1. 351.Changes of control of Channel 3 services

        2. 352.Action following review under s. 351

        3. 353.Changes of control of Channel 5

        4. 354.Action following review under s. 353

        5. 355.Variation of local licence following change of control

        6. 356.Action following review under s. 355

      3. Meaning of control

        1. 357.Meaning of “control”

    6. Chapter 6 Other provisions about television and radio services

      1. Annual report on television and radio

        1. 358.Annual factual and statistical report

      2. Community radio and local digital television

        1. 359.Grants to providers

      3. Supplemental provisions of Part 3

        1. 360.Amendments of the 1990 and 1996 Acts

        2. 361.Meaning of “available for reception by members of the public”

        3. 362.Interpretation of Part 3

  5. Part 4 Licensing of TV reception

    1. 363.Licence required for use of TV receiver

    2. 364.TV licences

    3. 365.TV licence fees

    4. 366.Powers to enforce TV licensing

    5. 367.Interpretation of provisions about dealer notification

    6. 368.Meanings of “television receiver” and “use”

  6. Part 5 Competition in communications markets

    1. Chapter 1 Functions of OFCOM under competition legislation

      1. 369.Matters in relation to which OFCOM have competition functions

      2. 370.OFCOM’s functions under Part 4 of the Enterprise Act 2002

      3. 371.OFCOM’s functions under the Competition Act 1998

      4. 372.Application of the Competition Act 1998 to news provision

    2. Chapter 2 Media mergers

      1. Introductory

        1. 373.Repeal of existing newspaper merger regime

        2. 374.Repeal of exclusion for newspaper mergers from general merger controls

      2. Adaptation for media mergers of main merger regime

        1. 375.Media public interest considerations

        2. 376.Adaptation of role of OFT in initial investigations and reports

        3. 377.Additional investigation and report by OFCOM

      3. Extension of special public interest regime

        1. 378.Extension of special public interest regime for certain media mergers

        2. 379.Adaptation of role of OFT in special public interest regime

        3. 380.Additional investigation and report by OFCOM: special public interest cases

      4. New general functions in relation to media mergers

        1. 381.Public consultation in relation to media mergers

        2. 382.General information duties in relation to media mergers

        3. 383.Advice and information in relation to media mergers

        4. 384.General advisory functions of OFCOM in relation to media mergers

        5. 385.Other general functions of OFCOM in relation to media mergers

        6. 386.Monitoring role for OFT in relation to media mergers

      5. Supplemental provisions of Chapter 2

        1. 387.Enforcement powers in relation to newspaper and other media mergers

        2. 388.Alterations concerning newspaper panel of Competition Commission

        3. 389.Further provision in connection with media mergers

  7. Part 6 Miscellaneous and Supplemental

    1. Annual report

      1. 390.Annual report on the Secretary of State’s functions

    2. Review of media ownership

      1. 391.Review of media ownership

    3. Guidelines as to penalties

      1. 392.Penalties imposed by OFCOM

    4. Disclosure of information

      1. 393.General restrictions on disclosure of information

    5. Notifications etc. and electronic working

      1. 394.Service of notifications and other documents

      2. 395.Notifications and documents in electronic form

      3. 396.Timing and location of things done electronically

    6. Other miscellaneous provisions

      1. 397.Purchase of Duchy of Lancaster land

      2. 398.Repeal of certain provisions of the Telecommunications Act 1984

    7. Supplemental

      1. 399.Expenses

      2. 400.Destination of licence fees and penalties

      3. 401.Power of OFCOM to retain costs of carrying out spectrum functions

      4. 402.Power of Secretary of State to make orders and regulations

      5. 403.Regulations and orders made by OFCOM

      6. 404.Criminal liability of company directors etc.

      7. 405.General interpretation

      8. 406.Minor and consequential amendments, transitionals and repeals

      9. 407.Pre-consolidation amendments

      10. 408.Transitional provision for anticipatory carrying out of functions

      11. 409.Modifications consequential on regulations implementing Directives

      12. 410.Application of enactments to territorial sea and other waters

      13. 411.Short title, commencement and extent


    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Functions transferred to OFCOM

      1. 1.Wireless telegraphy functions

      2. 2.(1) The functions of the Secretary of State under section...

      3. 3.Functions in relation to the licensing etc. of television services

      4. 4.Functions in relation to C4C

      5. 5.Functions in relation to the licensing of radio services

      6. 6.Functions in relation to the proscription of foreign satellite services

      7. 7.Functions in relation to Gaelic broadcasting

      8. 8.Functions in relation to the national television archive

      9. 9.Warrants to enter and search premises to enforce broadcasting licences provisions

      10. 10.Variation of existing Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences

      11. 11.Reports for the purposes of the review of digital broadcasting

      12. 12.Functions in relation to reservation of digital capacity to the BBC

      13. 13.Functions in relation to listed events

      14. 14.Functions relating to fairness and privacy in broadcasting

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Transfer schemes

      1. 1.Contents of transfer scheme

      2. 2.Effect of transfer scheme

      3. 3.Retrospective modification of a transfer scheme

      4. 4.Compensation

      5. 5.Stamp duty

      6. 6.Interpretation of Schedule

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Amendments of Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act 1984

      1. 1.Introductory

      2. 2.Meaning of conduit system and electronic communications apparatus, network or service

      3. 3.Meaning of operator and operator’s system

      4. 4.Provision of a conduit system

      5. 5.General amendments

      6. 6.Power to fly lines

      7. 7.Power to require alteration of apparatus

      8. 8.Undertaker’s works

      9. 9.Notices under the code

      10. 10.Application of code to the Crown

      11. 11.Effect of agreements concerning sharing of apparatus

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Compulsory purchase and entry for exploratory purposes

      1. 1.Interpretation

      2. 2.General duties with respect to powers under Schedule

      3. 3.Compulsory purchase of land: England and Wales

      4. 4.Compulsory purchase of land: Scotland

      5. 5.Compulsory purchase of land: Northern Ireland

      6. 6.Entry on land for exploratory purposes: England and Wales

      7. 7.Entry on land for exploratory purposes: Scotland

      8. 8.Entry on land for exploratory purposes: Northern Ireland

      9. 9.Acquisition of land by agreement

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Procedure for grants of recognised spectrum access

      1. 1.General procedure for applications

      2. 2.Information to be provided in connection with applications

      3. 3.Notice of proposed refusal of application

      4. 4.Duration of grant

      5. 5.Revocation or modification

      6. 6.Notice of proposed revocation or modification

      7. 7.Restriction on powers of revocation and modification

      8. 8.Interpretation

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Fixed penalties for wireless telegraphy offences

      1. 1.Offences to which this Schedule applies

      2. 2.Fixed penalties and fixed penalty notices

      3. 3.Issuing of fixed penalty notice

      4. 4.Content of fixed penalty notice

      5. 5.Withdrawal of fixed penalty notice

      6. 6.Notification to person to whom payment is to be made

      7. 7.Effect of fixed penalty notice

      8. 8.Payment of fixed penalty

      9. 9.Effect of payment

      10. 10.Service of statement and proof of service

      11. 11.Certificate about payment

      12. 12.Regulations

      13. 13.Interpretation

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Seizure and forfeiture of apparatus

      1. 1.Application of Schedule

      2. 2.Notice of seizure

      3. 3.Notice of claim

      4. 4.(1) A notice of claim must be given within one...

      5. 5.Condemnation

      6. 6.(1) Where a notice of claim in respect of the...

      7. 7.Where the restricted apparatus is condemned or taken to have...

      8. 8.Proceedings for condemnation by court

      9. 9.Proceedings for the condemnation of restricted apparatus instituted in a...

      10. 10.(1) In proceedings for condemnation that are instituted in England...

      11. 11.(1) In the case of proceedings for condemnation instituted in...

      12. 12.Where an appeal has been made (whether by case stated...

      13. 13.Disposal of unclaimed property

      14. 14.Provisions as to proof

      15. 15.In any proceedings, the condemnation by a court of restricted...

      16. 16.Special provisions as to certain claimants

      17. 17.Saving for owner’s rights

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      Decisions not subject to appeal

      1. 1.Prosecutions and civil proceedings

      2. 2.A decision (other than one under section 119) to take...

      3. 3.This Act

      4. 4.A decision required to be published in a notification under...

      5. 5.A decision given effect to by an order under section...

      6. 6.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 66....

      7. 7.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 71....

      8. 8.A decision required to be published in a notification under...

      9. 9.A decision given effect to by an order under section...

      10. 10.A decision relating to the making or revision of a...

      11. 11.A decision given effect to by an order under section...

      12. 12.A decision relating to the making or revision of a...

      13. 13.A decision relating to the publication of the United Kingdom...

      14. 14.A decision in exercise of the functions conferred on OFCOM...

      15. 15.A decision under section 155.

      16. 16.A decision under section 158.

      17. 17.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 159....

      18. 18.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 162....

      19. 19.A decision given effect to by an order under section...

      20. 20.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 168....

      21. 21.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 170...

      22. 22.A decision to impose a penalty under section 175(1).

      23. 23.A decision relating to the making or revision of a...

      24. 24.A decision given effect to by regulations under paragraph 1...

      25. 25.A decision under any provision of Schedule 6.

      26. 26.A decision under any provision of Schedule 7.

      27. 27.Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949

      28. 28.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 1D(3)...

      29. 29.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 3...

      30. 30.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 10...

      31. 31.A decision relating to the making or revision of a...

      32. 32.A decision for the purposes of section 15 of that...

      33. 33.Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998

      34. 34.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 3...

      35. 35.A decision given effect to by regulations under section 3A...

      36. 36.A decision relating to the recovery of a sum payable...

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      Arrangements about carrying on of C4C’s activities

      1. 1.Notification of requirement to submit proposals

      2. 2.Submission of proposed arrangements

      3. 3.Consideration and approval of proposals

      4. 4.Duration of approval and modification of arrangements

      5. 5.Publication of approved arrangements

      6. 6.Duty of C4C to act in accordance with the approved arrangements

      7. 7.nforcement of duties

      8. 8.Penalty for contravention of the arrangements

      9. 9.OFCOM’s duty to take account of need to support C4C’s primary functions

      10. 10.Interpretation of Schedule

    10. SCHEDULE 10

      Licensing the public teletext service

      1. Part 1 Applications for and award of licence

        1. 1.Notice of proposal to grant licence

        2. 2.Guidance as to applications

        3. 3.Applications for the licence

        4. 4.Notice inviting public representations

        5. 5.Determination of applications

        6. 6.Revocation of award

      2. Part 2 Conditions and enforcement of licence

        1. 7.Payments to be made in respect of the public teletext service

        2. 8.Corrections and statements of findings by the public teletext provider

        3. 9.Enforcement of the licence for the public teletext service

        4. 10.Power to shorten licence period

        5. 11.Revocation for contravention of condition or direction

        6. 12.Penalty on revocation

        7. 13.Power to modify penalties in paragraph 12

      3. Part 3 Interpretation of Schedule

        1. 14.In this Schedule “licence period”, in relation to a licence,...

        2. 15.(1) For the purposes of this Schedule the qualifying revenue...

    11. SCHEDULE 11

      Approval, imposition and modification of networking arrangements

      1. 1.Application of Schedule

      2. 2.Approval required for modifications

      3. 3.Procedure for giving approval

      4. 4.Decision of OFCOM whether or not to approve arrangements or modifications

      5. 5.Notification of decisions on imposition of arrangements

      6. 6.Competition tests applying to OFCOM’s decisions

      7. 7.Other matters to be taken into account

      8. 8.Duty to refuse approval in certain cases

      9. 9.Appeals against decisions relating to competition test

      10. 10.Decisions on an appeal

      11. 11.Appeals against decisions of the Tribunal

      12. 12.Information for OFCOM

      13. 13.Enforcement of information provisions

      14. 14.Confidentiality and defamation

      15. 15.Interpretation of Schedule

    12. SCHEDULE 12

      Corresponding obligations of the BBC and Welsh Authority

      1. Part 1 The BBC

        1. 1.Quotas for independent productions

        2. 2.Duty to publicise complaints procedures etc.

      2. Part 2 The Welsh Authority

        1. 3.Public service remits of the Welsh Authority services

        2. 4.Statements of programme policy

        3. 5.Must-offer obligations in relation to networks and satellite services

        4. 6.Supply of services by satellite in certain areas

        5. 7.Programming quotas for independent productions

        6. 8.Programme quotas for original productions

        7. 9.News and current affairs programmes

        8. 10.Code relating to programme commissioning

        9. 11.Co-operation with the public teletext provider

        10. 12.Programme standards

        11. 13.It shall be the duty of the Welsh Authority to...

        12. 14.(1) It shall be the duty of the Welsh Authority...

        13. 15.(1) This paragraph applies if OFCOM are satisfied—

        14. 16.Directions with respect to advertising

        15. 17.Fairness standards

        16. 18.Party political broadcasts

        17. 19.Duty to publicise complaints procedures etc.

        18. 20.Monitoring of programmes

        19. 21.Compliance with international obligations

        20. 22.Services for the deaf and visually impaired

        21. 23.Equality of opportunity

        22. 24.Meaning of Welsh Authority’s public services

    13. SCHEDULE 13

      Financial penalties under the Broadcasting Acts

      1. Part 1 Broadcasting Act 1990

        1. 1.Preliminary

        2. 2.Revocation of television services licence

        3. 3.Licences for Channel 3 services and for Channels 4 and 5

        4. 4.Restricted services licences

        5. 5.Additional television services licences

        6. 6.Revocation of national sound broadcasting licence

        7. 7.Licences for analogue sound services

        8. 8.Additional radio services licences

        9. 9.Power to amend penalties under the 1990 Act

      2. Part 2 Broadcasting Act 1996

        1. 10.Preliminary

        2. 11.Revocation of television multiplex licences

        3. 12.Attribution of television multiplex revenue

        4. 13.Multiplex licences

        5. 14.Digital television programme licences

        6. 15.Digital additional television services licences

        7. 16.Power to amend digital television penalties

        8. 17.Revocation of radio multiplex licences

        9. 18.Attribution of radio multiplex revenue

        10. 19.Contraventions of conditions of radio multiplex licences

        11. 20.Digital sound programme licences

        12. 21.Licences for digital additional sound services

        13. 22.Power to amend digital television penalties

    14. SCHEDULE 14

      Media ownership rules

      1. Part 1 Channel 3 services

        1. 1.Ban on newspaper proprietors holding Channel 3 licences

        2. 2.Restrictions on participation

        3. 3.National and local newspapers and their respective national and local market shares

        4. 4.Construction of references to running a newspaper

        5. 5.Coverage area for a Channel 3 service

        6. 6.Power to amend Part 1 of Schedule

      2. Part 2 Radio multiplex services

        1. 7.Restriction on holding of national radio multiplex licences

        2. 8.Restriction on holding of local radio multiplex licences

        3. 9.Connected persons rules etc.

        4. 10.Power to amend Part 2 of Schedule

      3. Part 3 Local sound programme services

        1. 11.Restriction on holding of local sound broadcasting licences

        2. 12.Restriction applying to local digital sound programme services

        3. 13.Powers supplemental to powers under paragraphs 11 and 12

        4. 14.Transitional provision for orders under paragraphs 11 and 12

      4. Part 4 Religious bodies etc.

        1. 15.Approval required for religious bodies etc. to hold licences

        2. 16.Power to amend Part 4 of Schedule

      5. Part 5 Supplemental provisions of Schedule

        1. 17.Procedure for orders

        2. 18.Interpretation of Schedule

    15. SCHEDULE 15

      Amendments of Broadcasting Acts

      1. Part 1 Amendments of the 1990 Act

        1. 1.Licences under Part 1

        2. 2.General licence conditions

        3. 3.Restrictions on licence holding

        4. 4.Repeal of previous regulatory regime

        5. 5.Prohibition on providing television services without a licence

        6. 6.Television broadcasting on Channel 3

        7. 7.Applications for Channel 3 licences

        8. 8.Procedure on consideration of applications for Channel 3 licences

        9. 9.Television broadcasting on Channel 3

        10. 10.Financial conditions of licence and failures to begin a service

        11. 11.Changes of control in period after award of licence

        12. 12.Temporary provision of Channel 3 service for an additional area

        13. 13.Appointment of members of C4 Corporation

        14. 14.Channel 4 licence

        15. 15.Channel 5

        16. 16.Application to Channel 5 of Channel 3 provisions

        17. 17.Announcement of programme Schedules

        18. 18.Enforcement of conditions of Channel 3, Channel 4 and Channel 5 licences

        19. 19.Restricted services

        20. 20.Additional television services

        21. 21.Licensing of additional television services

        22. 22.Applications for additional services licences

        23. 23.Procedure on application etc. for additional television services licences

        24. 24.Additional payments in respect of additional television services licences

        25. 25.Duration of additional television services licences

        26. 26.Additional television services not to interfere with other transmissions

        27. 27.Enforcement of additional television services licences

        28. 28.The Welsh Authority

        29. 29.Distribution of licensed public service channels

        30. 30.Enforcement of licences held by BBC companies

        31. 31.Interpretation of Part 1

        32. 32.Licensing functions of OFCOM

        33. 33.Licences under Part 3 of the 1990 Act

        34. 34.General licence conditions

        35. 35.Restrictions on holding licences

        36. 36.Disqualification of persons convicted of transmission offences

        37. 37.Offence of providing regulated radio services

        38. 38.Applications for national licences

        39. 39.Consideration of applications for a national licence

        40. 40.Award of national licences

        41. 41.Failure to begin providing licensed service

        42. 42.Additional payments in respect of national licences

        43. 43.Restrictions affecting change in control of holder of national licence

        44. 44.Renewal of national licences

        45. 45.Applications for local licences

        46. 46.Renewal of local licences

        47. 47.Special procedure for applications for local licences

        48. 48.Special requirements relating to grant of local licences

        49. 49.Requirements as to character and coverage of services

        50. 50.Enforcement of licences

        51. 51.Power to suspend licences to provide radio licensable content services from a satellite

        52. 52.Additional radio services

        53. 53.Licensing of additional radio services

        54. 54.Applications for additional radio services licences

        55. 55.Procedure for awarding additional radio services licences

        56. 56.Additional payments in respect of additional radio services licences

        57. 57.Additional radio services not to interfere with other transmissions

        58. 58.Enforcement of additional radio services licences

        59. 59.Interpretation

        60. 60.Duty to provide advance information about programmes

        61. 61.Proscription of foreign satellite services

        62. 62.Financing of Gaelic Broadcasting

        63. 63.Gaelic Broadcasting in Scotland

        64. 64.Maintenance of the national television archive

        65. 65.Modification of networking arrangements

        66. 66.Search warrants

        67. 67.Notices

        68. 68.Interpretation

        69. 69.Disqualified persons

        70. 70.C4C

        71. 71.The Welsh Authority

        72. 72.Computation of qualifying revenue

        73. 73.The Gaelic Television Committee

      2. Part 2 Amendments of the 1996 Act

        1. 74.Multiplex services and digital programme services

        2. 75.Meaning of qualifying service

        3. 76.Licences under Part 1

        4. 77.Licence conditions

        5. 78.Restrictions on digital licence holding

        6. 79.Multiplex licences

        7. 80.Award of multiplex licences

        8. 81.Power to require two or more multiplex licences to be granted to one person

        9. 82.Award of multiplex licences subject to conditions

        10. 83.Failure to provide licensed service and revocation

        11. 84.Conditions attached to multiplex licences

        12. 85.Additional payments in respect of multiplex licences

        13. 86.Multiplex revenue

        14. 87.Attribution of multiplex revenue to multiplex providers

        15. 88.Duration of multiplex licences

        16. 89.Enforcement of multiplex licences

        17. 90.Licensing of digital programme services

        18. 91.Conditions of licences for digital programme services

        19. 92.Duration and enforcement of multiplex licenses

        20. 93.Digital additional services

        21. 94.Licensing of digital additional services

        22. 95.Conditions of digital additional services licence

        23. 96.Enforcement of digital additional television services licences

        24. 97.Digital broadcasting of Gaelic programmes

        25. 98.Review of digital television broadcasting

        26. 99.Enforcement of licences held by BBC companies

        27. 100.Interpretation of Part 1

        28. 101.Radio multiplex services

        29. 102.Licences under Part 2 of the 1996 Act

        30. 103.General licence conditions

        31. 104.Restrictions on holding licences

        32. 105.National radio multiplex licences

        33. 106.Award of national radio multiplex licences

        34. 107.Reservation of capacity for independent national broadcasters

        35. 108.Reservation of digital capacity for BBC

        36. 109.Local radio multiplex licences

        37. 110.Award of local multiplex licences

        38. 111.Power to require two or more local radio multiplex licences to be granted to one person

        39. 112.Failure to begin to provide licensed service

        40. 113.Conditions which may be attached to radio multiplex licences

        41. 114.Additional payments to be made in respect of national radio multiplex licences

        42. 115.Multiplex revenue

        43. 116.Attribution of radio multiplex revenue

        44. 117.Duration and renewal of radio multiplex licences

        45. 118.Enforcement of radio multiplex licences

        46. 119.Digital sound programme licensing

        47. 120.Conditions of digital sound programme licences

        48. 121.Enforcement of digital sound programme licences

        49. 122.Digital additional sound services

        50. 123.Conditions of digital additional sound service

        51. 124.Enforcement of digital additional sound services licences

        52. 125.Review of digital radio broadcasting

        53. 126.Interpretation

        54. 127.Listed events

        55. 128.In sections 101, 101B, 102 and 103 of the 1996...

        56. 129.(1) Section 104 of the 1996 Act (code of guidance)...

        57. 130.In section 104A of the 1996 Act (provision of information...

        58. 131.In section 105(1) of the 1996 Act (interpretation of Part...

        59. 132.Broadcasting standards

        60. 133.In section 107(5)(b) of the 1996 Act (code relating to...

        61. 134.In section 115 of the 1996 Act (consideration of fairness...

        62. 135.In section 117 of the 1996 Act (duty of broadcasting...

        63. 136.(1) For subsections (1) and (2) of section 119 of...

        64. 137.In section 130(1) of the 1996 Act (interpretation of Part...

        65. 138.Disqualification on grounds related to political objects

        66. 139.Offence of providing false information

        67. 140.Disqualification for supplying false information

        68. 141.Interpretation

        69. 142.Computation of qualifying revenue

    16. SCHEDULE 16

      Further amendments in connection with media mergers

      1. 1.Competition Act 1980 (c. 21)

      2. 2.Gas Act 1986 (c. 44)

      3. 3.Electricity Act 1989 (c. 29)

      4. 4.Railways Act 1993 (c. 43)

      5. 5.Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (c. 8)

      6. 6.Postal Services Act 2000 (c. 26)

      7. 7.Transport Act 2000 (c. 38)

      8. 8.Enterprise Act 2002 (c. 40)

      9. 9.In section 45(1)(b) of that Act (circumstances in which the...

      10. 10.After section 50(2) of that Act (reports on references in...

      11. 11.In section 57(2) of that Act (duty to bring representations...

      12. 12.In section 58(4)(b) of that Act (retrospective effect of orders...

      13. 13.In section 60(4)(a) of that Act (final determination of matters...

      14. 14.In section 62(1)(b) of that Act (circumstances in which the...

      15. 15.After section 65(2) of that Act (reports on references in...

      16. 16.In section 67(1)(b) of that Act (intervention to protect legitimate...

      17. 17.In section 68(2)(c) of that Act (scheme for protecting legitimate...

      18. 18.(1) Section 107 of that Act (further publicity requirements) shall...

      19. 19.In section 108 of that Act (defamation) after the words...

      20. 20.(1) Section 117 of that Act (false or misleading information)...

      21. 21.In section 118(1) of that Act (excisions from reports) before...

      22. 22.In section 120(1) of that Act (review of decisions under...

      23. 23.(1) Section 121 of that Act (fees) shall be amended...

      24. 24.(1) Section 124 of that Act (orders and regulations under...

      25. 25.(1) Section 130 of that Act (index of defined expressions)...

      26. 26.In section 180(2) of that Act (application of section 117...

    17. SCHEDULE 17

      Minor and Consequential Amendments

      1. 1.Interpretation

      2. 2.Official Secrets Act 1911

      3. 3.Law of Property Act 1925

      4. 4.Public Health Act 1925

      5. 5.London Overground Wires, etc Act 1933

      6. 6.Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949

      7. 7.In section 1C of that Act (prohibition on Acts facilitating...

      8. 8.(1) Section 1D of that Act (procedure for grant of...

      9. 9.(1) Section 3 of that Act (regulations as to wireless...

      10. 10.No appeal shall be brought to the tribunal established under...

      11. 11.(1) Section 10 of that Act (regulations as to radiation...

      12. 12.(1) Section 11 of that Act (enforcement of regulations as...

      13. 13.(1) Section 12 of that Act (enforcement of regulations as...

      14. 14.(1) Section 14 of that Act (penalties and legal proceedings)...

      15. 15.(1) Section 15 of that Act (powers of entry) shall...

      16. 16.(1) Section 16 of that Act (regulations and orders) shall...

      17. 17.In section 19 of that Act (interpretation), after subsection (2)...

      18. 18.In Schedule 1 to that Act (procedures in relation to...

      19. 19.Coast Protection Act 1949

      20. 20.National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949

      21. 21.London County Council (General Powers) Act 1949

      22. 22.Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1953

      23. 23.Army Act 1955

      24. 24.Air Force Act 1955

      25. 25.Lough Neagh and Lower Bann Drainage and Navigation Act (Northern Ireland) 1955

      26. 26.Naval Discipline Act 1957

      27. 27.Opencast Coal Act 1958

      28. 28.Pipe-lines Act 1962

      29. 29.London County Council (General Powers) Act 1963

      30. 30.Harbours Act 1964

      31. 31.New Towns Act (Northern Ireland) 1965

      32. 32.Marine, &c., Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967

      33. 33.(1) Section 5 of that Act shall be further amended...

      34. 34.In section 6(5) of that Act (restrictions on prosecutions), after...

      35. 35.(1) Section 7A of that Act (powers of enforcement in...

      36. 36.In section 9(1) of that Act (interpretation), after the definition...

      37. 37.Wireless Telegraphy Act 1967

      38. 38.(1) Section 8 of that Act (provisions for securing enforcement...

      39. 39.In section 13(1) of that Act (regulations and order to...

      40. 40.Countryside Act 1968

      41. 41.Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1969

      42. 42.Harbours Act (Northern Ireland) 1970

      43. 43.Thames Barrier and Flood Prevention Act 1972

      44. 44.Fair Trading Act 1973

      45. 45.Drainage (Northern Ireland) Order 1973

      46. 46.Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1973

      47. 47.Consumer Credit Act 1974

      48. 48.House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975

      49. 49.Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975

      50. 50.Welsh Development Agency Act 1975

      51. 51.Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979

      52. 52.Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980

      53. 53.Highways Act 1980

      54. 54.In section 115D of that Act (limits on powers to...

      55. 55.In section 142(5) of that Act (protection of telecommunications apparatus...

      56. 56.(1) This paragraph applies to the following provisions of that...

      57. 57.New Towns Act 1981

      58. 58.Acquisition of Land Act 1981

      59. 59.Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981

      60. 60.Civil Aviation Act 1982

      61. 61.Representation of the People Act 1983

      62. 62.(1) Section 93 of that Act (broadcasting of local items...

      63. 63.Telecommunications Act 1984

      64. 64.In sections 79, 83, 85 and 86 of that Act...

      65. 65.In section 79(6)(b) of that Act (seizure of apparatus etc.),...

      66. 66.(1) Section 83 of that Act (disposal of seized apparatus...

      67. 67.(1) Section 84 of that Act (approval of wireless telegraphy...

      68. 68.Section 90 of that Act (funding of wireless interference service...

      69. 69.(1) Section 91 of that Act (construction of references to...

      70. 70.(1) Section 94 of that Act (directions in the interests...

      71. 71.(1) Section 98 of that Act (use of conduits for...

      72. 72.(1) Section 101 of that Act (general restrictions on disclosure...

      73. 73.In section 104 of that Act (orders and schemes), after...

      74. 74.In section 106(1) of that Act (general interpretation), after the...

      75. 75.In paragraph 18(2) of Schedule 2 to that Act (notices...

      76. 76.Cinemas Act 1985

      77. 77.Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985

      78. 78.Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985

      79. 79.Housing Act 1985

      80. 80.Airports Act 1986

      81. 81.Gas Act 1986

      82. 82.Insolvency Act 1986

      83. 83.Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986

      84. 84.Channel Tunnel Act 1987

      85. 85.In paragraph 3(2)(b) of Schedule 2 to that Act (supplementary...

      86. 86.(1) Part 10 of Schedule 7 to that Act (protection...

      87. 87.Consumer Protection (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

      88. 88.Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988

      89. 89.Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988

      90. 90.Malicious Communications Act 1988

      91. 91.Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

      92. 92.(1) Section 73 of that Act (no breach of copyright...

      93. 93.(1) Paragraph 17 of Schedule 2 to that Act (no...

      94. 94.Housing Act 1988

      95. 95.Road Traffic Act 1988

      96. 96.Water Act 1989

      97. 97.Road Traffic (Driver Licensing and Information Systems) Act 1989

      98. 98.Electricity Act 1989

      99. 99.(1) Schedule 4 to that Act (other powers etc. of...

      100. 100.Local Government and Housing Act 1989

      101. 101.Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989

      102. 102.Town and Country Planning Act 1990

      103. 103.(1) This paragraph applies to the following provisions of that...

      104. 104.In section 280 of that Act (measures of compensation)—

      105. 105.In paragraph 1(a) of Schedule 13 to that Act (blighted...

      106. 106.Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

      107. 107.London Local Authorities (No. 2) Act 1990

      108. 108.New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

      109. 109.Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991

      110. 110.Water Industry Act 1991

      111. 111.(1) Schedule 13 to that Act (protective provisions in respect...

      112. 112.(1) Schedule 15 to that Act (disclosure of information) shall...

      113. 113.Water Resources Act 1991

      114. 114.(1) Schedule 22 to that Act (general provisions protecting undertakings)...

      115. 115.(1) Schedule 24 to that Act (disclosure of information) shall...

      116. 116.Land Drainage Act 1991

      117. 117.Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991

      118. 118.Charities Act 1992

      119. 119.Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992

      120. 120.Electricity (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

      121. 121.In Article 61 (restrictions on disclosure of information)—

      122. 122.(1) Schedule 4 (other powers etc. of licence holders) shall...

      123. 123.Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993

      124. 124.Cardiff Bay Barrage Act 1993

      125. 125.In paragraph 3(2)(c) of Schedule 4 to that Act (exception...

      126. 126.In paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 to that Act (powers...

      127. 127.Railways Act 1993

      128. 128.Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993

      129. 129.Value Added Tax Act 1994

      130. 130.Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

      131. 131.Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

      132. 132.Merchant Shipping Act 1995

      133. 133.Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

      134. 134.British Waterways Act 1995

      135. 135.Street Works (Northern Ireland) Order 1995

      136. 136.Housing Act 1996

      137. 137.Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996

      138. 138.Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996

      139. 139.(1) Part 4 of Schedule 15 to that Act (protection...

      140. 140.Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

      141. 141.In Article 44 (restrictions on disclosure of information)—

      142. 142.(1) Schedule 3 (other powers etc. of licence holders) shall...

      143. 143.Construction Contracts (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

      144. 144.Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

      145. 145.Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998

      146. 146.In section 1 of that Act (charges for wireless telegraphy...

      147. 147.For section 2 of that Act there shall be substituted—...

      148. 148.(1) Section 4 of that Act (restriction on revocation or...

      149. 149.(1) After section 4 of that Act there shall be...

      150. 150.For section 6 of that Act there shall be substituted—...

      151. 151.(1) Section 8 of that Act (interpretation) shall be amended...

      152. 152.Finance Act 1998

      153. 153.Competition Act 1998

      154. 154.In paragraph 1 of Schedule 7A to that Act (procedural...

      155. 155.Regional Development Agencies Act 1998

      156. 156.Finance Act 1999

      157. 157.Greater London Authority Act 1999

      158. 158.Electronic Communications Act 2000

      159. 159.Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Act 2000

      160. 160.Finance Act 2000M

      161. 161.Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      162. 162.Postal Services Act 2000

      163. 163.Utilities Act 2000

      164. 164.Freedom of Information Act 2000

      165. 165.Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      166. 166.Transport Act 2000

      167. 167.Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

      168. 168.Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001

      169. 169.Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

      170. 170.Electronic Communications Act (Northern Ireland) 2001

      171. 171.Office of Communications Act 2002

      172. 172.(1) The Schedule to that Act shall be amended as...

      173. 173.Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002

      174. 174.Enterprise Act 2002

      175. 175.Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

    18. SCHEDULE 18

      Transitional Provisions

      1. 1.General

      2. 2.Steps taken in anticipation of passing or coming into force of Act

      3. 3.Savings for agreements referring to the termination of a 1984 Act licence

      4. 4.Saving for agreements with special provision for 1984 Act licence holders

      5. 5.General saving for agreements conditional on certain Broadcasting Act licences

      6. 6.Orders under Part 2 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994

      7. 7.Pre-commencement proposals relating to universal service matters

      8. 8.Local loop notifications

      9. 9.Conditions relating to premium rate services and conditions corresponding to SMP or access-related conditions

      10. 10.Pre-commencement proposals relating to market power determinations

      11. 11.Savings for licence conditions relating to accounting

      12. 12.Charges under Telecommunications Act licences

      13. 13.Enforcement of breaches of licence conditions

      14. 14.Saving for agreements having effect by reference to licensing regime

      15. 15.Fees for approvals for the purposes of licence conditions

      16. 16.Allocated telephone numbers

      17. 17.Electronic communications code

      18. 18.Saving for guarantees of liabilities of telecommunications code operators

      19. 19.Compulsory purchase

      20. 20.Notices under section 1D of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949

      21. 21.Notices under regulations under section 3 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998

      22. 22.Disputes about interconnection

      23. 23.Appeals against wireless telegraphy and telecommunications decisions

      24. 24.Section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984

      25. 25.Competition Commission: specialist panel members

      26. 26.Transitory amendments to telecommunications terms in Broadcasting Act 1990

      27. 27.Activities of the Welsh Authority

      28. 28.Gaelic Broadcasting

      29. 29.(1) The continuance in force of the Multiplex Licence (Broadcasting...

      30. 30.Pre-transfer Broadcasting Act licences

      31. 31.Channels 3 and 5

      32. 32.Saving pending replacement of licences for Channels 3 and 5 and the public teletext service

      33. 33.Digital additional licences

      34. 34.Programme quotas

      35. 35.Continuity in relation to appointed news provider

      36. 36.Networking arrangements

      37. 37.Determination of qualifying revenue

      38. 38.Rules for political broadcasts

      39. 39.Functions under section 88 of the 1990 Act

      40. 40.Notices under section 94 of the 1990 Act

      41. 41.Programme standards: television

      42. 42.Programme standards: radio

      43. 43.Standards code

      44. 44.Local and national radio licences

      45. 45.Section 111B of the 1990 Act

      46. 46.Section 185 of the 1990 Act

      47. 47.Section 28 of the 1996 Act

      48. 48.Section 48 of the 1996 Act

      49. 49.Applications for extension of pre-transfer licences

      50. 50.Applications for renewal of licences under 1990 Act and 1996 Act

      51. 51.Listed events rules

      52. 52.Complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Commission

      53. 53.Codes of practice drawn up by the Broadcasting Standards Commission

      54. 54.Media ownership provisions

      55. 55.TV licences

      56. 56.Functions under the Enterprise Act 2002

      57. 57.Functions under the Competition Act 1998

      58. 58.(1) Where any regulations made under section 54(4) of the...

      59. 59.Newspaper mergers

      60. 60.Chapter 2 of Part 5 and any related repeals shall...

      61. 61.References in paragraphs 59 and 60 to Chapter 2 of...

      62. 62.(1) The Secretary of State may, instead of any or...

      63. 63.Orders in Council under section 6 of the Continental Shelf Act 1964

      64. 64.Interpretation of Schedule

    19. SCHEDULE 19


Back to top


Print Options

You have chosen to open The Whole Act

The Whole Act you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download. You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run.

Would you like to continue?

You have chosen to open The Whole Act as a PDF

The Whole Act you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download.

Would you like to continue?

You have chosen to open the Whole Act

The Whole Act you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download. You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run.

Would you like to continue?

You have chosen to open the Whole Act without Schedules

The Whole Act without Schedules you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download. You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run.

Would you like to continue?

You have chosen to open Schedules only

The Schedules you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download. You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run.

Would you like to continue?


Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.


Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources