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FAITH GROUPS AND THE COMMUNICATIONS BILL

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1535A1: tabled on 09 July 2003

Tabled in the 2002-03 session.

This motion has been signed by 7 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr John Whittingdale on 07 July 2003. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'country' to 'applicant' in line 6 and insert, 'further believes that the proposed regime, incorporating a media plurality public interest test for media mergers, would provide adequate safeguards to ensure broadcast licences are only available to suitable applicants;'

Original motion text

That this House welcomes the amendment to the Communications Bill passed in the House of Lords, which completely removes the present disqualification of religious organisations from holding various types of broadcasting licences; believes that the current ban is arbitrary and discriminatory towards faith groups throughout the country and that the existing regime provides adequate safeguards to ensure licences are only awarded to suitable applicants; and calls on the Government to support the Bill as amended.