Committee (3rd Day) (Continued)

Part of Digital Economy Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 9:15 pm on 18th January 2010.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport 9:15 pm, 18th January 2010

My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply, which I thought was splendidly circular in nature: it said that Ofcom is the regulator and therefore it will be regulated. On examining the language of Section 3, I agree with some of those who briefed me that it is somewhat straining to cover the duties of Ofcom under this Bill. I will certainly take away what the Minister said and look at the Communications Act again. It is not clear that the Bill and duties of Ofcom under it are entirely covered by the overarching duties of Ofcom under Section 3. I hear what the Minister says about duties to the consumer and so on, and accept the second limb, but the first limb is a lot more tenuous. I will be reading the Minister's remarks with close attention in Hansard. In the mean time, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 105A withdrawn.

Amendments 106 to 111A not moved.

Amendment 112

Moved by Lord Clement-Jones

112: Clause 8, page 10, line 35, at end insert "which shall be no more than three months"