Lords amendments to the Digital Economy Bill will be considered by the House of Commons on 26 April 2017. There are 289 amendments, and this paper outlines the key changes put forward.Jump to full report >>
The Digital Economy Bill was published in July 2016 and considered by the Commons in Autumn 2016, completing Commons stages on 28 November 2016. It was introduced into the House of Lords on 29 November, and third reading took place on 5 April 2017.
The Bill contains a large number of amendments. The majority number of these amendments relate to the data sharing proposals in the Bill and have been put forward by the Government. It does however introduce a number of new measures around television, secondary ticketing, mobile phone use in drug dealing, e-book lending, Information Commissioner charges and managing the pension liabilities of BT/Openreach.
An outline of the Bill and its purpose is given in the Library’s paper prepared for second reading: Commons Library analysis of the Digital Economy Bill (September 2016).
The key amendments made to the Bill in the Lords are:
Originally, the Bill extended 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. New data sharing provisions proposed in the amendments relating to water poverty only apply to England and Wales.
A list of Lords amendments to be considered is available along with explanatory notes. Amendments 249 to 252 create a charging power in relation to the Information Commissioner so will be subject to a ways and means resolution.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7953
Authors: Edward Potton; Lorna Booth; John Woodhouse; Lorraine Conway; Djuna Thurley; Sally Lipscombe