Results 1–20 of 647 for ofcom independence

Children: Gambling Advertisements - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist: ...our eyes, so I wonder whether research methodology has kept pace. Tablet and mobile phones are now the most popular devices for going online, and we have witnessed an explosion of smartphone ownership in recent years—according to Ofcom, 79% of 12 to 15 year-olds now own one, up from only 69% two years ago. These devices have no watershed, and the ability to access gambling sites...

Update on Proposed Fox-Sky Merger Process - Statement (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Keen of Elie: ...a full six-month investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority. I should first remind the House that in my quasi-judicial role, I must come to a decision on the basis of relevant evidence, act independently in a process that is fair and impartial, and take my decision as promptly as is reasonably practicable. I am committed to transparency and openness in this process and have...

Sky/Fox Merger (12 Sep 2017)

Karen Bradley: ...the point I made in my statement: I have made this decision on the basis of the evidence. I take my quasi-judicial role very seriously. I have looked at the evidence before me and considered Ofcom’s response to the further evidence that we put to it, and that is why I have made this announcement. I remind the hon. Gentleman that the “fit and proper” duty that he...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Courier Services: Regulation (12 Sep 2017)

Margot James: Ofcom is the independent regulator with responsibility for postal services, including courier companies.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Business: Telephone Services (11 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is the Office of Communications (Ofcom) responsibility, as the UK’s independent communications regulator, to consider the costs and benefits of switching for businesses. The Government has made clear its position that the switching process should be led by the organisation with the most interest in making the switching process work effectively, the gaining provider. A Gaining...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Telecommunications: Misrepresentation (11 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The Office of Communications (Ofcom), as the UK’s independent communications regulator, has rules in place which prohibit all communication providers from engaging in dishonest, misleading or deceptive conduct when selling products and services, and obliges providers to ensure consumers fully understand and consent to a contract before it is agreed. Ofcom has also consulted on a...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: ...first time, as it is for the rest of the public sector. It will be able to do value-for-money studies on the BBC’s commercial subsidiaries, which return profits to the BBC, thereby generating public money. Of course, Ofcom is now independently regulating the BBC. A point that was brought up and has strong cross-party agreement is that it is important that an independent regulator...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill: Relief from local non-domestic rates: occupied hereditaments (5 Sep 2017)

Marcus Jones: ...to supporting full-fibre telecommunication infrastructure and the roll-out of 5G. This will deliver a step change in the speed, service quality and reliability of broadband and mobile services. Independent research suggests that increased broadband speed alone could add £17 billion to UK output by 2024, so this is a vital measure for the whole economy. The Bill will provide the powers...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Telephone Services: Fees and Charges (26 Jul 2017)

Margot James: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Ofcom, as the UK’s independent communications regulator, is currently reviewing the market for standalone telephone line-only customers. Due to its concerns about competition for those who only have a telephone line, it proposed a price cut of £5 - £7 a month for these...

Fox-Sky Merger - Statement (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Keen of Elie: ...;Three weeks ago, I came to this House to set out my initial decisions in relation to the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky plc. Having referred the bid for a phase 1 investigation by Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority in March, the decision before me was whether to refer the merger to a fuller phase 2 investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority. I...

Fox-Sky Merger (20 Jul 2017)

Karen Bradley: ...Three weeks ago, I came to the House to set out my initial decisions in relation to the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky plc. Having referred the bid for a phase 1 investigation by Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority in March, the decision before me was whether or not to refer the merger to a fuller phase 2 investigation by the CMA. I told the House then that,...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: ..., including exploring commercial options to improve mobile coverage on our roads and rail networks, because we want mobile phone coverage where people live, work and travel. We are working with Ofcom to make sure that UK regulations on spectrum and infrastructure are 5G ready. We are working across Government with the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities and Local...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2017)

Lord Aberdare: ...new Institute for Apprenticeships, and in ensuring that this actually delivers the enhanced skills that we need in terms of quality as well as quantity. I am particularly concerned that the vital role of independent training providers in delivering apprenticeships—over half of the total, I believe—should be properly recognised and supported. The gracious Speech includes...

Sky and 21st Century Fox: Proposed Merger - Statement (29 Jun 2017)

Lord Grade of Yarmouth: ...throughout all broadcasting legislation, broadcasting rows and ownership rows is to keep politics out of broadcasting. That is absolutely essential. We are now at a point where we have a regulator, Ofcom, which has proved itself to be incredibly effective, incredibly competent, incredibly independent and very much evidence-based, as it has to be as a statutory regulator. I hope the...

21ST Century Fox/Sky Merger (29 Jun 2017)

Tom Watson: ...the established dance steps, so let me make a prediction now. The parties have proposed some pretty minor undertakings in lieu. They always knew that they were not going to be enough to satisfy Ofcom, so the Secretary of State will demand extra conditions, as a result of which she will get written up as a tough operator. The parties will offer something new, which they always had in their...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC: Video on Demand (28 Jun 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Requiring users to sign-in to BBC online services was a decision taken by the BBC. The BBC is operationally and editorially independent from government, and the government has had no formal engagement with the BBC or Ofcom on this issue.

Digital Economy Bill - Commons Reason and Amendments (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: ...is likely to change but of course in 11 years’ time, it might. I do not think I will be involved in it at that time. The noble Lord asked a number of questions about whether the Government will guarantee the independence of the BBC, agree not to top-slice the licence fee and adequately fund the BBC. The new charter endorses the role and independence of the BBC—and increases...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Mar 2017)

Baroness Buscombe: ..., the Secretary of State issued a European intervention notice in relation to the Fox/Sky merger on 16 March. She did so on two grounds: media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards. Ofcom also announced on 16 March that it will conduct its fit and proper assessment at the same time as it will consider the public interest considerations raised in the intervention notice. It...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2017)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: ...for economic regulation introduced by Vince Cable when he was Secretary of State. I can confirm to both noble Lords that there is nothing sinister here. Of course, when we talk about the fact that Ofcom must have regard to a strategic policy statement when carrying out its duties, it absolutely does not override any of Ofcom’s existing general duties. It will continue to take...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (20 Mar 2017)

Moved by Lord Inglewood 31: After Clause 81, insert the following new Clause—“The independence and funding of the BBC (1) The Communications Act 2003 is amended as follows.(2) After section 198ZA (inserted by section 81 of this Act) insert—“198ZB The independence and funding of the BBC(1) The BBC is to be independent in all matters concerning the content of its output,...


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