Votes: Digital Economy Bill

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On 22nd February 2017, several bishops took part in three votes on the Government’s Digital Economy Bill.

House of Lords Division Lobby

House of Lords Division Lobby

Lord Mendelsohn moved amendment 1, in clause 1, page 2, to leave out lines 4 and 5 and insert:

“(2B) The universal service order must specify that the target for broadband connections and services to be provided before 2020 must have: (a) speeds of 2 gigabits or more; (b) fibre to the premises (FTTP) as a minimum standard; (c) appropriate measures to ensure that internet speed levels are not affected by high contention ratios; (d) appropriate measures to ensure service providers run low latency networks. (2BA) The universal service order must specify as soon as reasonably practicable that, by 2020, the following will be available in every household in the United Kingdom: (a) download speeds of 30 megabits per second; (b) upload speeds of 6 megabits per second; (c) fast response times; (d) committed information rates of 10 megabits per second; (e) an unlimited usage cap. (2BB) In meeting the obligations set out in subsection (1), internet service providers have a duty to ensure that their networks offer at least the minimum standards specified in subsection (2BA) to every household in areas of low population density, before deploying their networks in urban areas. (2BC) The Secretary of State must ensure that: (a) the premises of small and medium-sized enterprises are prioritised in the roll-out of the universal service broadband obligation; (b) rollout of universal service broadband obligations is delivered on a fair and competitive basis. (2BD) The universal service order shall, in particular, say that mobile network coverage must be provided to the whole of the United Kingdom.”

The House divided:

Contents: 250 | Not Contents: 206 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Chester, Leeds and Southwark voted Not Content.

(via Parliament.uk)


Lord Clement-Jones moved amendment 5, after clause 2, to insert the new clause:

Bill limits for mobile phone contracts.

The House divided:

Contents: 244 | Not Contents: 198 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Chester and Leeds voted Content.


Lord Stevenson of Balmacara moved amendment 20, in clause 28, page 29, line 23, at end to insert:

“(7) If it appears to the Secretary of State that the extent of the manufacture of unauthorised decoders or similar equipment for sale or hire imported into the United Kingdom (otherwise than for private and domestic use) or distribution otherwise than in the course of a business has reached a level which is likely to affect prejudicially the owners of copyright works, the Secretary of State may bring forward regulations made by statutory instrument which prohibit such activities. (8) A statutory instrument containing regulations made under subsection (7) may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.”

The House divided:

Contents: 133 | Not Contents: 182| Result: Government Win

The Bishop of Chester voted Not Content.

(via Parliament.uk)