Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (99)

Thomas P. Broughan


94 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on a spectrum tax or levy in view of his recent statements to the media regarding windfall profits for radio spectrum licences. [7354/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

The current basis for charging for spectrum is governed by the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1926. My Department is updating the Act to take account of changes in the environment where radio spectrum is used. Among the items that it is intended to address are charges for the facility and trading in radio licences. Later this year I hope to bring forward proposals for legislation.

The price of radio licences is being considered separately and I will publish proposals shortly.