Hon Simon Power, in Committee, to move the following amendment:
Part 1: new subpart 4
To add the following subpart (after line 10 on page 22):
Subpart 4—Amendment to Telecommunications Act 2001
11A Principal Act amended
This subpart amends the Telecommunications Act 2001.
11B Application of Commerce Act 1986 and Crown Entities Act 2004
Section 15 is amended by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (h):
This Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) amends Part 1 of the Commerce Commission (International Co-operation, and Fees) Bill (the Bill). It adds, as new subpart 4, an amendment to section 15 of the Telecommunications Act 2001. Since the Bill as introduced did not include an amendment to the Telecommunications Act 2001, this proposed amendment breaches Standing Order 299(1). Leave of the committee of the whole House will therefore be needed in order for this SOP to proceed.
Section 15 of the Telecommunications Act 2001 currently applies various provisions of the Commerce Act 1986 to the Telecommunications Act 2001. This is because the Commerce Commission has functions under the Telecommunications Act 2001 relating to the regulation of telecommunications. The SOP amends section 15 so that the new provisions relating to assistance for overseas regulators, as inserted by subpart 1 of Part 1 of the Bill into the Commerce Act 1986, will also apply to the Telecommunications Act 2001.
The effect of the amendment is that co-operation arrangements with overseas telecommunications regulators will be able to be entered into. Under a co-operation arrangement, the Commerce Commission could, on a reciprocal basis, assist overseas telecommunications regulators by providing information that is compulsorily acquired by the Commission in performing its functions relating to the regulation of telecommunications, and could similarly provide investigative assistance if requested.