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 Mackay of Clashfern Lord Mackay of Clashfern Conservative 9:15 pm, 18th January 2010

It seems to me to be fair that if an infringement report is to have consequences, it should be issued within a reasonable time. I do not know the circumstances that would suggest three months exactly, but looking at the matter generally, three months seems a reasonable period. It is also important to take into account the circumstances in which the infringement happened. I imagine that circumstances in this area change and may change quickly. It may be very difficult for a subscriber to bring back to his mind exactly what were the circumstances if he is caused to wait a long time before an effective infringement report is sent to him.