Results 1–20 of 101 for ofcom independence 01/08/2003..31/12/2004

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Telecommunications (21 Dec 2004)

Mike O'Brien: ...business. An effective regulatory regime is the best way of increasing competition in that market. The implementation of the regulatory regime is the responsibility of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) as independent regulator. Ofcom is still working through the implications of its recent wholesale broadband market review and that the industry is aware of the concerns around the issue....

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Departmental Computer Systems (15 Dec 2004)

Mike O'Brien: Premium Rate Services (PRS) are regulated by the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS). Their Code of Practice is set in accordance with condition 120 of the Communications Act 2003, which stipulates that Ofcom can set conditions to control the activities of PRS providers by means of such a Code of Practice. The Government have...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Premium Rate Service (15 Dec 2004)

Mike O'Brien: Premium Rate Services (PRS) are regulated by the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS). Their Code of Practice is set in accordance with condition 120 of the Communications Act 2003, which stipulates that Ofcom can set conditions to control the activities of PRS providers by means of such a Code of Practice. The Government have...

Regional Television (14 Dec 2004)

Ms Estelle Morris: ...long way away from the environment where I was. I accept the arguments of the hon. Member for Moray (Angus Robertson) about the particular importance of this subject for the regions. I agree that Ofcom should be a body with teeth. That is why debates such as this are essential. The Government find themselves in a strange position. As my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington...

Inquiries Bill [HL] (9 Dec 2004)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: ...disease, which I call "giantism"—the belief that by rolling everything up under one great umbrella one somehow provides a framework for issues to be addressed sensibly. I cite in that regard Ofcom, Ofwat, Of-everything, Oftoff, as well as the structure to consider human rights in the field of sex, disability, race and perhaps, who knows, religion as well. The Bill suffers from that...

Written Answers — Home Department: TETRA Airwave Project (8 Dec 2004)

Caroline Flint: Following the publication of the Stewart Report "Mobile Phones and Health" in May 2000, we took expert advice from the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB)'s independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) on the health and safety aspects of TETRA technology. The AGNIR experts suggested a number of areas where further research would be useful. These suggested have been...

Regulatory State (2 Dec 2004)

Lord Triesman: ...the noble Lord, Lord Blackwell, that boards tend to take less responsibility in these circumstances; I do not think that passivity is one of their hallmarks. For the most part, they have been pretty rigorous. The independence of regulators provides the certainty necessary for businesses to operate and prosper in a regulated market. That includes the key independence from political...

Written Answers — Health: Telecommunications Masts (2 Dec 2004)

Miss Melanie Johnson: This year, the National Radiological Protection Board's (NRPB) independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) reviewed all the research on possible health effects from exposure to radiofrequency fields since the Independent Expert Group on mobile phones and health (the Stewart Report) published in 2000. AGNIR concluded that "Exposure levels from living near to mobile phone base...

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Commercial Radio Licences (30 Nov 2004)

Ms Estelle Morris: The matter raised is the responsibility of Ofcom as independent regulator. DCMS officials have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to respond directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the Chief Executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Commercial Radio Licences (30 Nov 2004)

Ms Estelle Morris: ...106 of the Broadcasting Act 1990, as amended by Section 312 (3) of the Communications Act 2003, which states: Conditions included in a licence for the purposes of subsection (1) may provide that Ofcom may consent to a departure from the character of the licensed service if, and only if, they are satisfied: (a) that the departure would not substantially alter the character of the service;...

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Commercial Radio Licences (30 Nov 2004)

Ms Estelle Morris: The matter raised is the responsibility of Ofcom as independent regulator. DCMS officials have asked the Chief Executive of Ofcom to respond directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the Chief Executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (25 Nov 2004)

Lord Maxton: ...movement, particularly in Scotland, has an aristocracy, then I am a minor part of it. Jimmy Maxton, the Red Clydesider, was my uncle. His sister, my aunt Annie, was a national chairman of the Independent Labour Party. My own father preferred to practise his socialist principles as an academic, being one of the founding fathers of the science of agricultural economics. My mother's father,...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 22 - Policy for licensing and regulation (16 Nov 2004)

Malcolm Moss: ...be achieved, by effective self-regulation or co-regulation; and (b) in the light of that, to consider to what extent it would be appropriate to remove or reduce regulatory burdens imposed by the Commission. (8) In determining whether for the purposes of this section the encouraging of procedures for self-regulation or co-regulation is desirable and effective the Commission must consider,...

Public Health White Paper (16 Nov 2004)

John Reid: ...that many of those who signed the motion and supported that very call were Conservative Members. They regarded it as worth while and not nannyish, to use an expression that they tend to use. I used Ofcom to make the decision in the first instance because it is the independent body that has been set up to study such issues, and it has already started its consideration. It is true that it...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Premium Rate Dialler Programmes (16 Nov 2004)

Mike O'Brien: ...November 2004 The Department has received about 120 complaints about Premium Rate Services (PRS) in the past year of which about 100 have referred to the operation of the premium rate regulator the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS). None complaining about ICSTIS was received in the previous two years. The Government have asked Ofcom to...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Premium Rate Dialler Programmes (16 Nov 2004)

Mike O'Brien: holding answer 15 November 2004 The Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS) regulates premium rate telephone calls and has the following figures about complaints it has received about Premium Rate Services: Number 2002 11,572 2003 27,501 2004 (20)63,945 2004 (21)79,000 (20) January to October only. (21)...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Unsolicited Calls (10 Nov 2004)

Anthony Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints about unsolicited silent calls by commercial power diallers have been referred to (a) Ofcom and (b) the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Telephone Information Services by consumers in the past 12 months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Digital Television (1 Nov 2004)

Ms Estelle Morris: ...I accept that there is an issue, otherwise the Government would not have acted as they have done to introduce free television licences for vulnerable groups. That is exactly why we have set up Ofcom's independent consumer panel to look at how the whole of digital switchover may affect vulnerable groups. I am not in a position to say more than that, merely because we are awaiting the report...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Oct 2004)

Chris Mole: Will my right hon. Friend tell us what steps his Government are taking to encourage agencies such as the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Telephone Information Services, Ofcom and the telecoms network operators to protect our constituents from organisations, both at home and abroad, that are dispersing automatic network diallers over the internet? The practice has caused many of...

Written Ministerial Statements — Culture Media and Sport: BBC Digital Radio Services (19 Oct 2004)

Tessa Jowell: I have today placed the independent review of the BBC's digital radio services by Tim Gardam in the Libraries of both Houses. This is the sister document to the independent review of the BBC's digital television services by Professor Patrick Barwise, which I placed in the Libraries on 13 October. Ofcom's assessment of the market impact of the BBC's new digital TV and radio services, which...


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