The Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 [Bill no. 45] was published on 6 July 2016 and its First Reading in the House of Commons took place that day. Its Second Reading is scheduled for Tuesday 13 September 2016.Jump to full report >>
The Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 [Bill no. 45] was published on 6 July 2016 and its First Reading in the House of Commons took place that day. Its Second Reading is scheduled for Tuesday 13 September 2016.
The Bill would implement a number of Government policies, broadly related to the digital economy. It:
Following the publication of the Bill the then Minister for the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, said:
We want the UK to be a place where technology ceaselessly transforms the economy, society and government. The UK has always been at the forefront of technological change, and the measures in the Digital Economy Bill provide the necessary framework to make sure we remain world leaders.
A Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a general overview of the digital economy and related statistics (Digital economy: statistics and policy). The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee reported on the digital economy in July 2016 (on the industry generally rather than the provisions of this Bill).
The Government have said they expect the Bill to be considered in the Commons and Lords in the last part of 2016.
The Bill extends to the whole of the UK with two exceptions: sharing data in relation to civil registration does not apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland, while the provisions for sharing energy supplier data do not apply in Northern Ireland.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7699
Authors: Edward Potton; Lorna Booth; Daniel Rathbone; Lorraine Conway; Catherine Fairbairn; Sally Lipscombe; Antony Seely; Philip Ward; John Woodhouse