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National Transcommunications Ltd

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what powers he has to supervise the activities and service provided by National Transcommunications Ltd. [16698]

[holding answer 20 November 1997]: National Transcommunications Ltd. (NTL) provides a range of services in the telecommunications and broadcasting fields. It has to comply with the conditions and requirements set out in the licences granted to it by the Radiocommunications Agency under the provisions of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (as amended); by the Department of Trade and Industry under the provisions of the Telecommunications Act 1984 and by the Independent Television Commission (ITC) under the terms of the Broadcasting Acts 1990 and 1996. It is for the Agency, the Office of Telecommunications and the ITC to ensure that NTL complies with the terms of these licences. NTL is also under contract to a number of broadcasters who are licensed by the ITC under the Broadcasting Acts and who are required to fulfil certain transmission obligations.