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Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges (5 Feb 2018)

Margot James: ...price of their handset. This is an area where Government recognises that action is needed to improve protections for consumers. We will listen to the views of stakeholders and are working closely with Ofcom, as the UK’s independent communications regulator, and mobile service providers to find a solution that protects consumers and improves awareness.

Independent Radio Production - Question for Short Debate (1 Feb 2018)

Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen: ...but we are confident that the compare or compete strategy is working. We have the power to review this midway through the charter, should there be any worries. When the BBC wishes to launch a new service, Ofcom may have a role in asking about its public value and the market impact that it may have. It equally may apply when the BBC wants a major change to how it provides its services. I...

Particulars of Proposed Designation of Age-Verification Regulator - Motion to Approve (1 Feb 2018)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...worry about the question of appeals in relation to this new age- verification system. In the Digital Economy Bill we applied considerable pressure to try to get a separate regulator appointed as the appeals body; indeed, we suggested that Ofcom would be appropriate for that. That was not successful at the time, and now we have a situation where the BBFC is the organisation of first...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: YouTube (31 Jan 2018)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: The remit of Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, is set out in the Communications Act 2003. It has wide-ranging powers across broadcasting, telecoms and post. Government favours a self-regulatory, multi-stakeholder approach to the internet, and seeks to work collaboratively with key partners. We are considering a range of...

BBC: Brexit - Question (30 Jan 2018)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: My Lords, the Government have not made an assessment of the Civitas report The Brussels Broadcasting Corporation?, as the BBC is operationally and editorially independent of the Government. Under its royal charter, the BBC has a duty to deliver impartial and accurate news coverage and content. The BBC is also subject to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, which requires that news is reported with...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Mobile Phones (25 Jan 2018)

Margot James: ...recognises that action is needed to improve protections for consumers. The Department is currently considering this issue. We will listen to the views of stakeholders and are working closely with Ofcom, as the UK’s independent communications regulator, and mobile service providers to find a solution that protects consumers.

Sky-Fox Update - Statement (23 Jan 2018)

Lord Keen of Elie: ...issued an intervention notice on media public interest grounds; namely, of media plurality and genuine commitment to broadcasting standards. This triggered a phase 1 investigation of the merger, requiring Ofcom to report on the specified public interest grounds and the CMA on jurisdiction. Having received advice from Ofcom and the CMA, in September she referred the proposed Sky-Fox merger...

Sky/Fox Update (23 Jan 2018)

Tom Watson: ...and will he give us plenty of notice? The previous Secretary of State said last June that she was minded not to accept undertakings offered by Fox and Sky that were intended to safeguard the editorial independence of Sky News, which they put forward to mitigate Ofcom’s media plurality concerns. Does the new Secretary of State share his predecessor’s view of those undertakings?...

Mobile Phone Contracts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Margot James: ...with a household name that offers only a bundled contract, that is not a great deal of help. Consumers may choose bundled contracts because they continue to offer good value for money for many consumers. Ofcom research from last March found that such contracts are particularly good value for mobile users with medium to high usage, but such deals can obscure overcharging, as the hon. Lady...

Social Media: News - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2018)

Viscount Colville of Culross: ...superseded the users’ own preferred pages, the aim being to engage the user ever more deeply with others on the platform and keep them viewing for as long as possible. However, it is very difficult for independent researchers outside the platforms to find out about these changes in algorithms and their effects. The information is closely guarded by the social media companies and all...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Ofcom (22 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The Secretary of State can write to Ofcom on whatever matter she chooses. Ofcom is an independent regulator and takes many considerations into account when making decisions.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Television: Smoking (22 Dec 2017)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: Broadcasting regulation is a matter for Ofcom, the independent regulator. Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code specifies that smoking must not be featured in programmes made primarily for children unless there is strong editorial justification. In addition, smoking must be generally avoided, and must not be condoned, encouraged or glamorised in programmes broadcast before the watershed or...

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (19 Dec 2017)

Fergus Ewing: ...delivery. Secondly, the two statistics that he quoted are entirely different. One relates to delivery of fibre and the other to delivery of access to superfast broadband: there is a technical distinction. I suggest that he read Ofcom’s “Connected Nations 2017” report. Finally, the claim that Peter Chapman has repeated today, that Scotland is three years behind the rest of...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Low of Dalston: ...codes of practice or guidelines listed in sub-paragraph (5)”, of paragraph 24, which is in Part 5 of Schedule 2. The codes of practice listed in sub-paragraph (5) are the, “BBC Editorial Guidelines; … Ofcom Broadcasting Code; … IPSO Editors’ Code of Practice”. The purpose of Amendment 58 is to add to that finite list a further, open-ended category of...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Television: Smoking (12 Dec 2017)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: Broadcasting regulation is a matter for Ofcom, the independent regulator. Ofcom takes the protection of children and young people very seriously - and that is why there are already specific restrictions on the portrayal of smoking on television. The government does not interfere in editorial decisions and it is for content makers to decide what to include in their programmes, provided that...

Scottish Parliament: Fibre Broadband (New-build Estates) (30 Nov 2017)

Fergus Ewing: ...homes and businesses across Scotland now have access to fibre broadband as a result of the digital Scotland superfast broadband programme. That programme represents investment of more than £400 million. Independent commentators and regulators, including Ofcom, have recognised that Scotland is ahead of the rest of the UK in the speed of equipping people with access to broadband....

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (30 Nov 2017)

...Government—as well as councils and Highlands and Islands Enterprise—has taken a figure that would have been 0 per cent in Orkney if left to the market to the 65 per cent that it is today. The independent Ofcom published a report saying that Scotland had made faster progress in delivering broadband over the past year than any other part of the UK. We will get on with doing the...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: North West (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Historic broadband speeds were published by Ofcom with their Infrastructure Report and Connected Nation's report and reanalysed by the House of Commons library. Independent figures have also been estimated by Thinkbroadband and are available from their website (http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/england).

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (6th Day) (22 Nov 2017)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...component, so that we have combinations between major newspapers and television broadcasters or even film, mean that we now have in perpetuity dual regulation, in which case the approach taken by Ofcom has to sit with the regulations under the Data Protection Act 1998 or the Data Protection Bill when it becomes law? If that is the case, we have a problem that needs to be confronted. We...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Martin Whitfield: ...from transmitters to individual houses, via dishes, to allow people to access the internet. They form part of the third sector that competes with BT Openreach and Virgin Media. Many of those third parties are members of INCA, the Independent Networks Co-operative Association, and in its response to Ofcom’s wholesale local access market review it pointed out that current policy...


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