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Digital Economy Act 2017

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2016-17

Act of Parliament (1)

Full text of the Act of Parliament as passed by Parliament (this is the Act in its original state. The Act may have been amended by another Act and any such amendments are not shown in this version).

Digital Economy Act 2017 c.30
27 April 2017

Full text of the Bill as introduced and further versions of the Bill as it is reprinted to incorporate amendments (proposals for change) made during its passage through Parliament.

HL Bill 130 Commons reasons, amendments in lieu and amendment to amendment
26 April 2017
Lords
6 April 2017
Commons
29 March 2017
Lords
8 February 2017
Lords
29 November 2016
Lords
2 November 2016
Commons
5 July 2016
Commons

Tracked changes versions of the Bill, showing amendments made in Committee of the whole House and in Public Bill Committees in the House of Commons. Please note that these are unofficial versions and may not be completely accurate.

Version of the bill showing changes made in committee
2 November 2016
Commons

Tracked changes versions of the Bill, showing amendments made in Committee, Grand Committee or in Special Public Bill Committee in the House of Lords. Please note that these are unofficial versions and may not be completely accurate.

Version of the bill showing changes made in committee
20 February 2017
Lords

Documents to explain the purpose of the Bill.

13 April 2017
Commons
29 November 2016
Lords

The Government provide a delegated powers memorandum for all public (including hybrid) bills to justify the delegation of powers, usually to Ministers, in the bill. For reports of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, see “Select Committee Reports”.

Further supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum (3)
21 March 2017
Lords
Further supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum (2)
13 March 2017
Lords
Further supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum
16 February 2017
Lords
Delegated Powers Memorandum
30 January 2017
Lords
Supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum
30 January 2017
Lords

Under the 'English votes for English laws' procedure, which applied from 23 October 2015 until it was suspended on 22 April 2020 (and finally rescinded on 13 July 2021),the Speaker certified Bills, or provisions of Bills, as relating exclusively to England, and/or to England and Wales. In relation to Finance Bills, the Speaker could certify founding financial motions, or clauses or schedules, as relating exclusively to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.The text of certificates issued by the Speaker, and information prepared by the Government on how government amendments affect the territorial application of provisions of the bill, are available here. (Similar information about the bill itself could be found in the Explanatory Notes – see above.).

Memorandum from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport - 20 April 2017
20 April 2017
Commons
Legislative Grand Committee England Consent Motion 28 November 2016
28 November 2016
Commons
Speaker's Signed Certificate - 28 November 2016
28 November 2016
Commons
Departmental assessment at report stage
24 November 2016
Commons
Speaker's Provisional Certificate - 24 November 2016
24 November 2016
Commons

Full list of amendment papers relating to the Bill. Individual amendment papers will be replaced with consolidated lists before the amendments are discussed. Page and line references in amendment papers refer to the PDF version of the Bill.

HL Bill 130-I Marshalled list for consideration of Commons reason and amendments
26 April 2017
Lords
Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 26 April 2017
26 April 2017
Commons
HL Bill 122-I Marshalled list for Third Reading
4 April 2017
Lords
HL Bill 122(a) Amendments for Third Reading
30 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-III(Further Rev) Further revised third marshalled list for Report
27 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-III(Rev)(a) Amendment for Report, supplementary to the revised third marshalled list
24 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-III(Rev) Revised third marshalled list for Report
21 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-III Third marshalled list for Report
20 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-II(a) Amendment for Report, supplementary to the second marshalled list
17 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-II Second marshalled list for Report
16 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev)(h) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the revised marshalled list
15 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev)(g) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the revised marshalled list
14 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev)(f) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the revised marshalled list
13 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev)(e) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the revised marshalled list
8 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev)(d) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the revised marshalled list
7 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev)(c) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the revised marshalled list
6 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev)(b) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the revised marshalled list
2 March 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev)(a) Amendments for Report, supplementary to the revised marshalled list
23 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I(Rev) Revised marshalled list for Report
21 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102-I Marshalled list for Report
20 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102(d) Amendments for Report
17 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102(c) Amendments for Report
16 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102(b) Amendment for Report
14 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 102(a) Amendments for Report
13 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80-IV Fourth marshalled list for Committee
6 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80-III(a) Amendments for Committee, supplementary to the third marshalled list
3 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80-III Third marshalled list for Committee
2 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80-II(a) Amendments for Committee, supplementary to the second marshalled list
1 February 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80-II Second marshalled list for Committee
31 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80-I(Rev) Revised marshalled list for Committee
30 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80-I Marshalled list for Committee
27 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(n) Amendments for Committee
26 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(m) Amendments for Committee
25 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(l) Amendments for Committee
24 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(k) Amendments for Committee
23 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(j) Amendments for Committee
20 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(i) Amendments for Committee
19 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(h) Amendments for Committee
18 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(g) Amendments for Committee
17 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(f) Amendments for Committee
12 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(e) Amendments for Committee
9 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(d) Amendments for Committee
5 January 2017
Lords
HL Bill 80(c) Amendments for Committee
21 December 2016
Lords
HL Bill 80(b) Amendments for Committee
20 December 2016
Lords
HL Bill 80(a) Amendments for Committee
19 December 2016
Lords
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 28 November 2016
28 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 24 November 2016
25 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 23 November 2016
24 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 22 November 2016
23 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 21 November 2016
22 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 18 November 2016
21 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 17 November 2016
18 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 16 November 2016
17 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 15 November 2016
16 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 14 November 2016
15 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 10 November 2016
11 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 4 November 2016
7 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 3 November 2016
4 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 2 November 2016
3 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 1 November 2016
2 November 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 1 November 2016
1 November 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 27 October 2016
28 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 27 October 2016
27 October 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 25 October 2016
26 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 25 October 2016
25 October 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 20 October 2016
21 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 20 October 2016
20 October 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 18 October 2016
19 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 18 October 2016
18 October 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 14 October 2016
17 October 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 13 October 2016
14 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 13 October 2016
13 October 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 11 October 2016
12 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 11 October 2016
11 October 2016
Commons

In the House of Commons, amendments are grouped together so that amendments relating to a particular topic or issue are discussed together.

Consideration of Lords Amendments
26 April 2017
Commons
Consideration on Report
28 November 2016
Commons
Consideration in Committee:Selection 5
31 October 2016
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 4
26 October 2016
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 3
24 October 2016
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 2
19 October 2016
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 1
17 October 2016
Commons

Details of proceedings in Public Bill Committee or Committee of the whole House, on any report (consideration) stage, and on any consideration of Lords Amendments or any subsequent Lords Messages. The documents contain the text of amendments considered at each sitting and show whether it was agreed to, negatived (not agreed), not called, not moved or withdrawn.

Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments as at 26 April 2017
27 April 2017
Commons
Report Stage Proceedings as at 28 November 2016
29 November 2016
Commons
All proceedings up to 1 November 2016 at Public Bill Committee Stage
2 November 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 1 November 2016
2 November 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 27 October 2016
28 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 25 October 2016
26 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 20 October 2016
21 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 18 October 2016
19 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 13 October 2016
14 October 2016
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 11 October 2016
12 October 2016
Commons

House of Commons Library and House of Lords Library briefing papers aim to be politically impartial, containing factual information as well as a range of opinions on each subject. Briefing papers on Bills are produced before Second Reading and, in the Commons, after Committee Stage.

Committee Stage Report
24 November 2016
Commons
Briefing Paper on Second Reading
9 September 2016
Commons

Archive of press notices related to the Bill.

Have your say on the Digital Economy Bill
10 October 2016
Commons
Digital Economy Bill: schedule of meetings
10 October 2016
Commons

House of Lords Library Notes aim to be politically impartial and are compiled for Members of Parliament and their staff.

Digital Economy Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
8 December 2016
Lords

Written submissions from outside bodies and individuals are circulated to MPs appointed to examine the Bill during committee stage in a Public Bill Committee. The following written submissions were sent to this committee.

Commons Committee stage

Written Evidence: Cicero Group (DEB 75)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Ticketmaster (DEB 76)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Thornton Estates; Frances Chester-Master, Chester-Master Ltd; and Scottish Land & Estates (Almost identical submissions) (DEB 77)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Letter from Yoti addressed to the office of Louise Haigh MP (DEB 74)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Hub Professional Services Ltd (DEB 78)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: AP Wireless (DEB 79)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Market Research Society (DEB 80)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Paul W Smith, Acland Bracewell Surveyors Limited (DEB 81)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: The Communications Consumer Panel and the Advisory Committee for Older and Disabled People (DEB 82)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: FanFair Alliance (DEB 83)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Internet Telephony Services Providers' Association (ITSPA) (DEB 84)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Scope (DEB 85)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Batcheller Monkhouse (DEB 86)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Strutt & Parker (DEB 87)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) (DEB 88)
1 November 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: CLOSER (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) Partnership (DEB 67)
27 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: David Redford-Crowe (DEB 68)
27 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Dr Edgar A Whitley (follow-up) (DEB 69)
27 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Community Land Scotland (DEB 70)
27 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Women's Aid (DEB 71)
27 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: StubHub (DEB 72)
27 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Russell Harris (DEB 73)
27 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: City Remembrancer’s Office, City of London Corporation (DEB 62)
25 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: UK Music (DEB 64)
25 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: James Moore (further submission) (DEB 65)
25 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Jim Killock, Executive Director, Open Rights Group (follow up) (DEB 63)
25 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (DEB 60)
25 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Pandora Blake and Myles Jackman (DEB 61)
25 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: BT Group (DEB 51)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: techUK (DEB 53)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Virgin Media (DEB 54)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: DCMS (further amendments) (DEB 55)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Adult Providers Network (DEB 56)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Administrative Data Research Centre (DEB 57)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Economic and Social Research Council with input from the Medical Research Council (DEB 59)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: British Property Federation (DEB 52)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Information Commissioner (follow-up) (DEB 58)
20 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Energy Networks Association (DEB 37)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Arqiva (DEB 38)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Alec Muffett (DEB 39)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Relish (DEB 40)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Vanessa Cuthill (DEB 41)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Children's Media Foundation (DEB 42)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Dron & Wright on behalf of London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) (DEB 43)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: NSPCC (DEB 44)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Broadband Stakeholder Group (DEB 45)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Digital Policy Alliance (DEB 46)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Fisher German on behalf of various clients (DEB 47)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: James Moore (DEB 49)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Anti-Counterfeiting Group (DEB 50)
19 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Media Lawyers Association (DEB21)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: News Media Association (DEB22)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Local Government Association (DEB23)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Digital Accessibility Special Interest Group (DASG), The British Computer Society (DEB24)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Alliance for Intellectual Property (DEB25)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (DEB26)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA UK) (DEB27)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) (DEB28)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: National Union of Journalists (DEB29)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Andrews & Arnold Ltd (DEB30)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: StepChange Debt Charity (DEB31)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Pete Moorey, Head of Campaigns, Which? (DEB32)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: The Children's Society (DEB33)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Girlguiding (DEB34)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: The Phone Mast Company Ltd (DEB35)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: UK Information Commissioner (DEB36)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: National Farmers' Union (NFU) (DEB20)
13 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) (DEB01)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Compact Media Group (DEB03)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Dr Jerry Fishenden, Co-Chair, Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group (DEB04)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Electrical Safety First (DEB05)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Good Stuff Limited (DEB06)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Action on Hearing Loss (DEB07)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: medConfidential (DEB08)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: TalkTalk plc (DEB09)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Big Brother Watch (DEB10)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: National Trust (DEB11)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Citizens Advice (DEB12)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Open Rights Group (DEB13)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Three: Submission on Consumer Issues (DEB15)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Three: Submission on Rural Coverage (DEB16)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Country Land and Business Association (CLA) (DEB17)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (DEB18)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: Co-operative Group (DEB19)
12 October 2016
Commons
Written Evidence: The Royal Statistical Society (DEB02)
12 October 2016
Commons

List of related Impact Assessments

Digital Economy Bill - Overarching Impact Assessment
25 November 2016

Occasionally questions put to government Ministers during debates on Bills in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords may be answered by the Minister saying 'I will write to the Hon Member'. Such “will write” replies are not published in Hansard but are placed in the Library of the House concerned and published on the Parliamentary website.

Letter from Lord Keen to Baroness Hamwee regarding issues in connection with digital government raised during Report stage
3 April 2017
Letter dated 02/03/2017 from Lord Ashton of Hyde to Peers regarding issues raised during the Digital Economy Bill first day of report stage
2 March 2017
Letter from Lord Ashton to Lord Lang regarding the Constitution Committee's report: responding to points raised
16 February 2017
Letter from Lord Ashton and Lord Keen to peers regarding issues raised during the Committee Stage of the Digital Economy Bill.
9 February 2017
Letter from Lord Ashton to Members regarding issues raised during day one of committee stage of the Digital Economy Bill.
6 February 2017
Letter from Lord Ashton of Hyde to Peers regarding the Digital Economy Bill: Government amendments tabled.
23 January 2017
Letter to Helen Goodman MP regarding the Digital Economy Bill: the effects of Part 5 on onward disclosure of personal information.
23 January 2017
Letter to Sir Peter Bottomley MP regarding the Digital Economy Bill: the effects of Part 5 on onward disclosure of personal information.
23 January 2017
Letter from Lord Ashton to Members of the Lords regarding issues raised during second reading
21 December 2016
Letter dated 02/11/2016 from Chris Skidmore MP to Louise Haigh MP regarding issues raised during the Public Bill Committee.
2 November 2016

Full transcripts

Commons Committee stage

Committee Debates: compilation of sittings so far
2 November 2016
Commons
2 November 2016
Commons
28 October 2016
Commons
28 October 2016
Commons
26 October 2016
Commons
26 October 2016
Commons
21 October 2016
Commons
21 October 2016
Commons
19 October 2016
Commons
13 October 2016
Commons
12 October 2016
Commons
12 October 2016
Commons

Commons 1st reading

5 July 2016
Commons

Commons 2nd reading

13 September 2016
Commons

Commons Programme motion

Programme motion
13 September 2016
Commons

Commons Ways and Means resolution

Ways and Means resolution
13 September 2016
Commons

Commons Money resolution

Money resolution
13 September 2016
Commons

Commons Programme motion

Programme motion No.2
18 October 2016
Commons

Commons Programme motion

Programme motion No. 3
28 November 2016
Commons

Commons Report stage

28 November 2016
Commons

Commons Legislative Grand Committee

Legislative Grand Committee
28 November 2016
Commons

Commons 3rd reading

28 November 2016
Commons

Lords 1st reading

1st reading (Hansard)
29 November 2016
Lords
1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings)
29 November 2016
Lords

Lords 2nd reading

2nd reading (Hansard)
13 December 2016
Lords
2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings)
13 December 2016
Lords

Lords Committee stage

Committee: 4th sitting (Hansard)
8 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 4th sitting (Hansard - continued)
8 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 4th sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
8 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 3rd sitting (Hansard)
6 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 3rd sitting Hansard - continued)
6 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 3rd sitting (Hansard - continued)
6 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 3rd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
6 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 2nd sitting (Hansard)
2 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 2nd sitting (Hansard - continued)
2 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 2nd sitting
2 February 2017
Lords
Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard)
31 January 2017
Lords
Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard - continued)
31 January 2017
Lords
Committee: 1st sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
31 January 2017
Lords

Lords Report stage

Report: 3rd sitting (Hansard)
29 March 2017
Lords
Report: 3rd sitting (Hansard - continued)
29 March 2017
Lords
Report: 3rd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
29 March 2017
Lords
Report: 2nd sitting (Hansard)
20 March 2017
Lords
Report: 2nd sitting (Hansard - continued)
20 March 2017
Lords
Report: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
20 March 2017
Lords
Report: 1st sitting
22 February 2017
Lords
Report stage (Minutes of Proceedings)
22 February 2017
Lords

Lords 3rd reading

3rd reading (Hansard)
5 April 2017
Lords
3rd reading (Minutes of Proceedings)
5 April 2017
Lords

Lords Consideration of Commons amendments

Ping Pong (Hansard)
27 April 2017
Lords
Ping Pong (Minutes of Proceedings)
27 April 2017
Lords

Royal Assent

Royal Assent (Hansard)
27 April 2017
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings)
27 April 2017