Postal and Telecommunications Services (Amendment) Act, 1999

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CitationIR No. 5/1999


Number 5 of 1999


POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 1999


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Interpretation.

2.

Amendment of section 8 of Act of 1996.

3.

Repeals.

4.

Schemes under sections 46 and 90 of the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983.

5.

Amendment of section 46 of the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983.

6.

Employee directors.

7.

Application to all licensed operators of certain provisions.

8.

Expenses.

9.

Amendment of section 9 of the Telecommunications (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1996.

10.

Non-application of certain Acts.

11.

Short title, commencement and collective citation.

FIRST SCHEDULE

SECOND SCHEDULE

Acts Referred to

Broadcasting and Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1988

1988, No. 19

Companies Act, 1963

1963, No. 33

Ethics in Public Office Act, 1995

1995, No. 22

Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act, 1993

1993, No. 10

Ombudsman Act, 1980

1980, No. 26

Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983

1983, No. 24

Postal and Telecommunications Services Acts, 1983 and 1984

Post Office (Amendment) Act, 1951

1951, No. 17

Prompt Payment of Accounts Act, 1997

1997, No. 31

Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997

1997, No. 39

Telecommunications (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1996

1996, No. 34

Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts, 1997 to 1993


Number 5 of 1999


POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 1999


AN ACT TO AMEND AND EXTEND THE POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES ACT, 1983, AND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT, 1996, TO REPEAL CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THOSE ACTS AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [7th April, 1999]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Interpretation.

1.—(1) In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—

“Act of 1983” means the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983 ;

“Act of 1996” means the Telecommunications (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1996 ;

“company” means Bord Telecom éireann p.l.c.;

“Minister” means the Minister for Public Enterprise.

(2) In this Act—

(a) a reference to a section or Schedule is to a section of or Schedule to this Act, unless it is indicated that reference to some other provision is intended,

(b) a reference to a subsection is to a subsection of the provision in which the reference occurs unless it is indicated that a reference to some other provision is intended, and

(c) a reference to any other enactment is to that enactment as amended by or under any other enactment, including this Act.

Amendment of section 8 of Act of 1996.

2.—Section 8(2) of the Act of 1996 is hereby amended by the insertion after paragraph (a) of the following paragraph:

“(aa) The Minister may not dispose of any shares in the company other than as provided for in subsection (3)(a) without the general principles of the sale being laid before and approved by Dáil éireann.”.

Repeals.

3.—(1) The enactments mentioned in column (2) of the First Schedule are hereby repealed to the extent mentioned in column (3) of that Schedule.

(2) The enactments mentioned in column (2) of the Second Schedule are hereby repealed to the extent mentioned in column (3) of that Schedule in so far as they apply to the company.

Schemes under sections 46 and 90 of the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983 .

4.—(1) Notwithstanding the repeal by this Act of subsections (1), (2), (3), (6) and (7) of section 46 of the Act of 1983, in so far as those provisions apply to the company, a scheme prepared, submitted and carried out in accordance with that section, in respect of the company, shall continue in force and may be amended or revoked in accordance with the articles of association of the company.

(2) Notwithstanding the repeal by this Act of section 90 of the Act of 1983, in so far as that provision applies to the company, a scheme made under that section shall continue in force and, subject to any enactment or provision of law, may be amended or revoked by the company.

Amendment of section 46 of the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983 .

5.—Section 46 of the Act of 1983 is hereby amended—

(a) by the substitution for subsection (4) of the following subsections:

“(4) Every scheme under this section shall provide for not less favourable conditions in respect of persons who are or were members of the staff of the postal company and who, immediately before the vesting day, were members of the staff of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs than those to which they were entitled immediately before the vesting day.

(4A) Every scheme for the granting of pensions, gratuities and other allowances on retirement or death to or in respect of—

(a) persons who are or were members of the staff of the telecommunications company and who, immediately before the vesting day, were members of the staff of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs, or

(b) those persons who were members of the staff of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and who retired or died before the vesting day as the Minister for Finance may specify,

shall provide for not less favourable conditions in respect of those persons than those to which they were entitled immediately before the vesting day.”,

and

(b) in subsection (5), by the substitution for “who, immediately before the vesting day, were members of the staff of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs” of “referred to in subsections (4) and (4A)” and the subsection as so amended is set out in the Table to this paragraph.

TABLE

(5) Disbursement of pensions, gratuities and other allowances which may be granted to or in respect of persons referred to in subsections (4) and (4A) shall not be on less favourable conditions than would apply if the benefits referred to had continued to be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.

Employee directors.

6.—(1) The Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts, 1977 to 1993, shall not apply to Bord Telecom éireann p.l.c.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) and the repeal by this Act of section 10 of the Act of 1996, the term of office of any employee director appointed in accordance with the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts, 1977 to 1993, or of any director or alternate director appointed under the said section 10 and servicing upon the commencement of this section shall continue until such date as may be specified by the Minister.

Application to all licenced operators of certain provisions.

7.—(1) A reference to the company or to Bord Telecom éireann, as the case may be, in section 13 of the Post Office (Amendment) Act, 1951 , sections 52(2), 96(d), 98, 99 and 110 of the Act of 1983, section 7 of the Broadcasting and Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1988 , and in the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act, 1993 shall be construed as a reference to “a licensed operator”.

(2) Section 110 of the Act of 1983 shall, in respect of the company and a licensed operator, apply only for the purposes of section 98 of the Act of 1983 and the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act, 1993 .

(3) In this section “licensed operator” means the company or any person licensed under subsection (2) or (3) of section 111 of the Act of 1983.

Expenses.

8.—Money required by the Minister to meet sums payable by the Minister in respect of the sale of shares of the company shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister for Finance, be paid out of the moneys provided by the Oireachtas.

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